February Residency: 1st - 14th Feb

Polina Karpova - artist talk + meal

A talk by Ukrainian artist Polina Karpova followed by a hot meal of Korean food.

Monday 12th February 6 - 9pm

Please book - free tickets - via eventbrite:

Polina is a Ukrainian artist and designer who lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She was part of the Liverpool Biennial 2017, and has returned to the UK for a two week residency at Back Lane West and to re-visit Liverpool before her current visa expires in March. Polina's main medium is photography.


Self Portrait from series Beige/Green/Grey-Blue, 2016

"Polina Karpova, born in 1992, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. My adventure with photography started in 2009. I graduated Kharkiv state academy of design and arts in 2013 where I learned the history of arts. At present I’m an independent photographer based in Kharkiv and remotely as a costume designer and stylist for musical projects and Ukrainian theatre productions.

In my creative practice, I usually turn to the personification of the aesthetic qualities of a particular location in the appearance of the model, as well as build a special staging solution and pick up a color palette that allows you to harmonize the character and architectural context.

My subjectively personal type of human beauty is “an eternal and very vulnerable child, dressed always strangely but elegantly, having a sharp, ironically positive view of the world”. At the moment, the most important topics for research are the theme of duality and uniqueness, showing this with the help of a series of self-portraits as a way of communicating with the viewer 'directly'". Polina Karpova