Kristina Syrchikova | Funeral dress

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Have you got an idea of being an elderly cancer patient in Russia?

You constantly think, ‘Will the chemotherapy work for this time? Is it worth doing it? Does it make sense to be treated or it is enough? What if you’ll feel yourself unbearable during the chemotherapy and after that?’ You won’t be able even to rise from the bed again and feel yourself an encumbrance till you’ll lose your ability to think. Even when several courses of chemo are completed there may be a remission and the cancer may be detected again. You might lose your heart. You go to church, pray, become involved in the Holy Sacrament, go to the witch-doctor and want to believe that that will vanish and you’ll be healthy or everything just will end.

How often somebody shows you his or her own funeral dress?

2014-2015 FotoDepartament. Institute — Documentary photography, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2009-2015 Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering — Information Systems and Technology, Samara, Russia
2010-2014 Academy for Photography, Samara, Russiae in Uglich”, Uglich, Russia
2015 Young man in the 21st century, Kaunas, Lithuania
2015 Young photographers of Russia-2015, Pushchino, Russia
2014 The Winners of Foto&Video Magazine Contests. Russia — Ukraine — Belarus — Lithuania, in the framework of The VI International Festival of photography PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia
2014 Young photographers of Russia-2014, Plyos, Russia
2014 The third museum photobiennale of contemporary photography, The Russian Museum,Saint Petersburg, Russia
2014 The best of Russia’13, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
2013 Young photographers of Russia, Vilnius Gallery of Photograhy, Vilnius, Lithuania
2013 Without barriers, Gallery “FotoSoyuz”, Moscow, Russia
2013 Alignment on Samara, Gallery “Novoe prostranstvo”, Samara, Russia
2013 Polar perspective, Norilsk, Russia
2013 Three views, Museum of Art Nouveau, Samara, Russia
2013 Young photographers of Russia-2013, Plyos, Russia
2012 Сhopped out, solo exhibition, Samara, Russia
2012 Muzhiks, solo exhibition, Samara, Russia

Exhibitions (selected)
2015 The Baltic Photo Biennale, Photomania, Kalinigrad, Russia
2015 Funeral dress, solo exhibition in the framework of International festival of photography “Photoparad

Awards (selected)
2015 2 place, Efremov Report Photography Competition, Federal reportage nomination
2015 Gold Medal, XIV Youth Delphic Games Russia
2015 Gold Medal, X Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States
2014 Awardee, Young photographers of Russia-2014
2014 Gold Medal, XIII Youth Delphic Games Russia
2014 Gold Medal, I Open Youth European Delphic Games
2013 State grate in the arts and culture for creative projects
2013 Gold Medal, XII Youth Delphic Games Russia
2013 Gold Medal, VIII Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States
2013 Awardee, Young photographers of Russia-2013
2013 Awardee, Polar Perspective-2013, Nominations “People” and “City”
2012 Grand Prix, Russian photo contest “Youth of Russia-2012”

since 2012 The Russian Union of Art Photographers
since 2012 Photographers association at the Samara regional branch of the Union of Journalists

Publications (Russia), DOT photozine (USA), Foto&video (Russia), Science and Life (Russia),
Takie Dela (Russia), Expert (Russia), Karl Fuchs (Russia), The Eros Magazine (New Zealand),
PERFORMANCE (Russia), (Russia).