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The ghosts of One-Night-Stands - Anton Shebetko

InterviewsErika Belavy

Anton Shebetko is an artist and photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. Former culture journalist and editor of Playboy Magazine Ukraine, he started to create his works during a long-term vacation in Bangkok. In his art he tries to focus on questions of gender equality, transformation of a bodily and sexual attraction.

The featured series, "Snuff", examines the instability of memory and the ghosts of one-night stands. It explores how difficult it can be to remember the person or the person's name. All that remains in the memory after a while is some parts of the body, place or mood.

 

What made you decide to become a photographer?

I’ve started to create artworks during 7-month stay in Bangkok. Probably it was always somewhere inside me, this desire to create something. And photography is the easiest way for me because I’m not good in painting.

What inspired this particular project, “Snuff"?

"Snuff" is a series about instability of memories and ghosts of one-night stands. About how difficult it can be to remember the person or the person's name. And all that remains in the memory after a while is some parts of the body, place or mood. Of course it has personal roots, I lived through this situations, it grows on me and that’s why I decided to transform it into photography and choose this theme.

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?

This works talks about personal themes so probably I just wanna express myself. Even it sounds a bit selfish.

What is your artistic process?

Pretty simple. I just need a camera and model. Some shots I planned before shooting, some of them happen “accidentally”.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Oh, I would become invisible. It’s easier to make more natural shots when no one can see you.

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