Anastasija Labekina

Contact:
labekina.ana@gmail.com
University/School:
Solent University
Location:
Southampton
Specialism:
Art DirectionDigital MediaFashion GraphicsFashion ImageFilmmakerHeritage & CulturePhotography
About Me

Hello! I'm Anastasija, a multidisciplinary visual artist

I am a London-based multidisciplinary visual artist with the BA degree in Fashion Styling and Creative Direction. The focus of my creative practise lies in research-driven art direction, photography, moving image and graphics.

Having professional and educational background in fashion, I am exploring personal and unique relationship between heritage and art, cultural belonging and contemporary trends. As well as my other projects, the motivation behind my final BA work is to bring together and unfold both personal and social perspectives. While exploring the phenomenon of derealisation from an individual angle, I am also addressing the dynamics between the pandemic and mental health, digitalisation and homesickness.

INSPIRATION

For an artist, seeing things as unfamiliar and strange opens the door for innovative interpretations

Currently, I am highly interested in the exploration of the relationship between the human psyche and zeitgeist. Addressing mental health and particularly personal feelings is never an easy journey; however, I believe honesty can help overcome the stigma surrounding this topic. When putting specific controversial experiences into the context of artistic discourse, I think it helps to remove negative connotations and observe them from a safe distance.

The main focus of my project, derealisation, is usually perceived as a complex state of mind, which can manifest through the feeling of estrangement (isolation), delusions, memory impairment and longing for the past. My project aims to take an aesthetical approach to this phenomenon. For an artist, the deconstruction of habitual perceptions of the surrounding world can be a huge source of inspiration and a catalyst for radically new creative processes.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Born and raised in Eastern Europe, I am also drawing inspiration from my cultural belonging

Andrei Tarkovsky's films made a significant artistic impact on me when I was growing up. His works, and particularly "Nostalgia" (1983), the film filled with the notes of sentimental longing or wistful affection, resonates with me deeply. Born and raised in Eastern Europe, Lithuania, I often put my "protagonists" in familiar brutalist architecture settings as a tribute to my homeland. I think that an emotional connection with your roots is a vital point of reference for each artist; therefore, the theme of cultural belonging echoes through my works.

“Man is born unto the trouble as the sparks fly upwards.' In other words suffering is germane to our existence; indeed, how without it, should we be able to 'fly upwards” ― Andrei Tarkovsky
Art DirectionDigital MediaFashion GraphicsFashion ImageFilmmakerHeritage & CulturePhotography
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