The photographic series MEMORY BOX is a reflection on the feeling of home. Appealing to familiar symbols and personal memories, Vitalina Makorevych uses metaphors to grasp how far the sense of home extends beyond four walls. By exploring unconscious images of home, she seeks to understand how her feeling of home has evolved after the full-scale Russian invasion of her home country, Ukraine.
MEMORY BOX represents a mix of feelings: happy and warm memories from the past intertwine with hopelessness, anger, and sadness.
Most of the time, I get inspired by nature. I like discovering it and looking for different connections in shapes and colors. In the same way, people inspire me. So I am open to learning more about other cultures and views.
I always start with observation and research. In my case, words always go first. I put my thoughts into words and work on the concept and key message of the future project. Then I start working on the visual aspect. Usually, I have a lot of fun searching for props and crafting images.
I have discovered new forms of visual language and started experimenting with images more freely. In addition, professors showed me many exciting artists and creative approaches, which pushed me to look and think deeply.
Before this course, I had not had any background in the art field but had always been curious. Also, I felt it necessary to learn more theory of photography and get familiar with the academic approach.