Russian born Andrey Yakovlev (b. 1962) and Lili Aleeva (b. 1979) – known as Andrey-Lili – are a Moscow-based photography and design duo that started working together in 1998. Having won several awards including the XVI Moscow International Festival of Advertising, the pair has gone on to produce a wealth of immaculately composed series including the featured Muse and violin, A melancholy time! So charming to the eye! and Fluff. Underpinned by advertising, fine art and fashion, their lavish shoots are a consideration of environment and theme: rich colours and textures provide spatial variance against the domestic vanitas. Mirrors, wooden furniture and drapes bring depth to each image – both symbolically and stylistically. Combined with velvet clothes, soft lighting and reflections, the images are reminiscent of Dutch Golden Age painting, resurrected as sumptuous contemporary photography. www.behance.net/andrewlili.
Interview with Longlisted Artist, Vikram Kushwah
Vikram Kushwah’s photographic series Memoirs of Lost Time discusses memory, and the tension between how memory reconstructs events and how they really happened.
Interview with Sarah Smith, Artist, Aesthetica Art Prize
Sarah Smith’s As the Crow Flies was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2015. Her photography concerns itself with the continuous search for something that is elusive and unattainable.