Pleasure is the title of this new series by the Ukranian photo collective Gorsad. The combination of child models, sexually explicit images and ritualistic behaviour is ever present in Gorsad’s rough but humoristic photos. When asked about the theme, the trio explains “It’s about the experience and certain emotional state of pleasure. For us it’s a very important thing in our photography, because it creates a unique atmosphere. Pleasure is always part of our creativity.”
Based in Kiev, Gorsad capture the nuance of an alternative Ukraine; a counter-culture largely vacant from mainstream media. Their youthful photography contrasts the devastating incidents plaguing their home country with a rawness of imagery synonymous with the aesthetic prevalence of home video footage seen on the frontline of street battlegrounds. The art collective explain: “We want to convey a certain mood and taste of youth. The older we are, the more conservative we become and it’s very sad. Permissiveness of youth is exactly what heals, even in the most difficult situations”. Oftentimes sexually-charged, awash with teen-angst and playfully off-beat, Gorsad coherently embody a Ukraine inhabited by a reluctant, yet positive youth; a scene seemingly absent of turmoil, although irreverently recognisable
Victor, Julian and Maria of Gorsad are currently working on a new project in NYC and preparing fresh photography for a new book.
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