Olesya Shilkina presents “It was a pleasure to meet you “at the Speos Gallery– 7 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, from November 29, 2016 to January 13, 2017.
The project “It was a pleasure to meet you” is conceived as a series of mise-en-scene, where characters are placed in dramatic tension with their past : the image is a two-dimensional portrayal of a three-dimensional drama, and the shrouded figures embody the ghosts of the past in this theatre.
How can we transfer the drama of a scene to its visual record, when most of what goes on in life is invisible?
Olesya strives to work with people and characters. To conceive an image, an idea, for a specific person and then create it. Her portraits show a glimpse of what is hidden, they show the face of the person that one does not usually see: “I try to create dramatic portraits that are at the same time poetic. Every character in my universe has their own drama, and every portrait is my own portrait too.”