Viktoria Sorochinski – Anna & Eve
“‘Anna & Eve’ is a large ongoing narrative project that I started to work on in 2005. This project (as well as most of my work) dwells in between fantasy and documentary. Even though, all the scenes are staged, they reveal a real relationship of a mother and her daughter. Anna (the mother) and Eve (the daughter) were particularly interesting to me, when I first met them in 2005, because the boundary between the child and the adult woman was blurred to an unusually high degree. This was primarily due to the mother’s young age (23); it seemed at times that she was more of a child than her 3 year-old daughter. It was often hard to tell who held the power and control between the two, and who was learning the essence of being a human in this world. Since 2005, I have created 5 different series with Anna and Eve: “Dream House” 2005-2006, “Wood’s Tale” 2006-2007, “Being Light” 2008, “Small Epiphanies” 2009 and the latest one “Little Big Life” 2010. I was always interested in folk tales as a representation of common knowledge, and their influence on children’s perception of good and bad, and of morality. Therefore, in the earlier series I often applied to my photography a frame of a myth or a folk tale. These photographs were not based on particular tales, but rather they were new myths that represented my interpretation of the real relationship of this mother and daughter through phantasmagoric scenes.
In “Small Epiphanies”, however, I decided to blur the line between the fantasy and their real life to a much higher extent and bring out the sense of decay in their relationship that becomes more and more obvious as the girl is growing up. I think “Small Epiphanies” portrays a transitional phase of this intense relationship. The little girl becomes so much more aware of everything that is going on in her life. She is now capable of analyzing, and she is about to feel that she is a “woman” like her mother. But at the same time she is still a child who lives in her own world.
One year later, in order to give a wider view of Eve’s transition into adulthood I decided to dedicate an entire series solely to her. Particularly because she now spends more time alone while her mother is at work. The series ‘Little Big Life’, 2010 is a glimpse into the world of a maturing girl. Through different psychological states of her mind it unveils her dreams, anxieties, and simply her everyday life while waiting for her mom to come back.”