Irina Yulieva was born in Leningrad, Russia, 1978. Studied photojournalism named after Y.A.Galperin in Saint-Petersburg, 2008 – 2010. Since 2009 has participated in group exhibitions and has got awards such as “Gold mark” for best student work of faculty of photojournalism n 2008-2009, has been elected as a finalist of young photographers contest Shots Directory Photography Competition 2011, England, as well as nominated in Festival’s competition Circle of life, Lithuania, Vilnius, in 2010.
Nikita Shokhov works in professional photography for more that 8 years, collaborating internationally with magazines and galleries (USA, UK, Russia, France, Netherlands, Argentina), as well as with leading media, such as Harper's Bazaar Art, Snob, L'Express, ELLE, Interview, Time Out, Afisha, Lenta etc. His personal projects were published in The Guardian, Le Monde, L'Insense Photo, Calvert Journal. Was awarded by World Press Photo for Staged portraits in 2014.
A road to life
Life as a constant pilgrimage - to yourself or after yourself, or to an invisible other who saves you. Maturity and pilgrimage are the two directions of motion, two evolving actions, two expectations. Both spaces are unstable and contradictory, somatic and ecstatic. They are determined by faith in a better tomorrow, looking like a ritual of despair, though. In this publication for YET we combined two projects by the photographers Irina Yulieva “Grazed Knees” and Nikita Shokhov “Sacred Procession”, making for each other in order to define the base of Being.
Irina Yulieva. Performance of maturing
Skepticism towards the church is no surprise in Russia today. Many true believers abandoned churches because of its dependence from the government. But around 30000 pilgrims from all over the country participate in the Velikoretsky Procession of the Cross, held annually in the Kirov Oblast, Russia. I joined procession three times because I was interested to understand how modern life correlates with 600 years old Ortodox tradition.