Martyrs & Matryoshkas is an exhibition of new and recent work by Russian-born, London-based artist Karina Akopyan. Featuring painting, photography, sculpture, installations and a selection of costume pieces, the series is a bold questioning of tradition, religion, ritual, iconography, sexuality and fetishism – in all their jarring coexistence yet inevitable convergence. Questioning the preservation of values and traditions, as either a beautiful necessity or, rather, a deceleration of progress, Akopyan posits this dilemma, with all its dichotomies, deceptions and implications, into the hands of the viewer.

IDEA/CONCEPT: Karina Akopyan
DIRECTOR: Kassandra Powell
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Pedro Ribeiro
ART DiRECTION: Weslie Stephenson
SET DESIGNER: Ollie Last
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Madeleine Wood
ASSISTANT STYLIST: Anna Sis
MAKE UP/ main characters: Gregory Kara
SECOND MAKEUP/TOUCH UPS: Alexandra Bell
SET ASSISTANT: Rebecca Mason
MUSIC: VENICE CALYPSO

CAST:
Miss Bliss
Sophia Shmigol
Camilla Youragoff
Brooklyn B Sanchez
Jay Read
Rockit Riyad

PRESS:
http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/33983/1/when-art-blurs-the-lines-between-religion-and-fetishism
 http://www.kaltblut-magazine.com/video-premiere-martyrs-matryoshkas-by-karina-akopyan/#

 

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