In the studio: Victoria Pidust

Get to know the Berlin-based, Ukrainian photographer Victoria Pidust who walked us through her works that are part of our current exhibition Out of office. The artist shares her all-time favourite photographers, the impact of war on her work and a few of her upcoming shows in 2022.



SSM: What are you currently working on in the studio?

VP: I'm working on an installation for a group exhibition with Ukrainian artists at Gallery CRONE in Vienna, which opens on September 9 as part of the gallery festival curated by.



SSM: You have been prolifically working this past year! What shows do you have upcoming?

VP: 1. Untitled, 2022, Gallery CRONE, Vienna
2. –Ĺ–Ķ–∑—Ä–ł–ī–į–Ĺ—Ė —Ā–Ľ—Ć–ĺ–∑–ł | ungeborene Tr√§nen, Galerie Judith Andreae, Bonn
3. Artist Inside Fellowship, Art Cologne 2022


SSM: As the war tragically continues in Ukraine, can you share with us some links to urgent assistance you believe we should take note of?



SSM: How has the current situation impacted or changed the direction of your work?

VP: As the Russian war against Ukraine has been taking place since 2014, I've already been feeling this tragedy for all those years. That's why I don't see a big difference in my work since the full Russian invasion in Ukraine. But I would say, not enough time has passed by to reflect on such a big aggression from our neighbours. It needs time.



SSM: 2 photographs from your iPhone zooming Series are currently part of our exhibition Out of office. How was this special series of yours born?

VP: This particular series of works was born¬†between me living my life and traveling. It was the opportunity to have a small camera ‚Äď in my iPhone ‚Äď with me¬†everywhere. Starting with the 4S model, I've being¬†upgrading it up¬†to the¬†iPhone 12 now. The zooming function is a good tool for cutting out abstract pieces of reality and not being noticed by someone, as everybody has a smartphone and is taking photos everyday and everywhere. It's a good tool to be invisible and to see the world through screen.


Victoria Pidust
Untitled 37 (from the series iPhone zooming), 2021
Pigment archival print on paper
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SSM: Where do you love to be when you're not in the studio?

VP: Everywhere. I love to see a lot physically and digitally.



SSM: Do you have an all time favourite photographer?

VP: Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Wim Wenders, Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin, Vivian Maier and Antoine D'Agata.



SSM: What museum or art space do you love most in your adopted hometown of Berlin?

VP: Boros Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof, c/o Berlin, König Galerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, OFFICE IMPART, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and the Museum of Photography.



SSM: Can you tell us something we don't know about you?

VP: I¬†didn't drink alcohol until I came to Berlin ‚Äď when I was 22 years old.


SSM: If you had to describe yourself in an iconic photograph, which one would it be?

VP: Diane Arbus Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1966, 1966