Svitlana Levchenko - art photographer from Kyiv, Ukraine. Ecologist by education, but decided to save the world in another way. She started shooting in 2014. In the end of 2015 she was selected for the studying in the Bird in flight Photo School. In 2016 she couldn’t stop learning and attended all courses available in Ukraine - the course of “Conceptual photography in Cultural Photographic Center “PhotoCULT” and Viktor Marushchenko Photo School, both based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In general, the style of the artist can be described as a mix of aesthetics of brutality and delicate emotional femininity, diluted with subtle perversion. The main theme of Svetlana's work is the body and its interaction with the surrounding world.
Presently she works as a volunteer at Odessa//Batumi Photo Days Festival. She dreams to display Ukrainian photography to worldwide level.
When she’s not writing about herself in the third person, Svitlana Levchenko loves the sea, shadows, books and dancing with her husband and son. Credo: Creativity is the natural order of life.
11/21/1983 – Born in Odessa, Ukraine
2015 - Bird in Flight Photo School. The course “The photographic vision”, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2016 - Cultural Photographic Center “PhotoCULT”. The course of “Conceptual photography, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2016 - Viktor Marushchenko Photo School, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2016 - MoMA "Seeing Through Photographs"
2017 - ‘Body Language’, PHOTO KYIV FAIR, Kyiv
2017 – ‘People are strange’ ‘Vabi Sabi’, ‘Body Language’, Akt gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 – ‘Message’ /dummy/, Athens Photo Festival
2017 - ‘Posh crowd’, Festival Odesa//Batumi Photodays, Museum of Modern Art, Odesa, Ukraine
2017 - #5 from ‘People are strange’, Millepiani, Rome, Italy
2017 - #87 from ‘People are strange’, Studio Parisien des Arts et de la Mode, Paris, France
2016 - #1 from ‘People are strange’, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, USA
2016 – ‘God is an artist’ /dummy/, Polycopies, Paris, France
2016 - ‘God is an artist’ /dummy/, LhGWR gallery, the Hague, the Netherlands
2016 – ‘Catwalk’, ‘Posh crowd’, ‘Thank you diary’, IPMA, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 – ‘Catwalk’, ‘Posh crowd’, Akt gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
Publications and printed feature
2018 - rûm Magazine, Issue°III, Graz, Austria
2017 – ‘God is an artist’ / photobook/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 - ‘Message vol.2’ /photobook/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 – ‘Message’ /dummy/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 – ‘God is an artist’ /dummy/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 – Obscurae magazine, Lenoir City TN
2016 – Bird in flight, https://birdinflight.com/ru/vdohnovenie/photoshkola/vypusknoj-albom-svetlana-levchenko.html
2016 – The Ukranians II, Lviv, Ukraine /photo illustrations/
2015 – The Ukranians, Lviv, Ukraine /photo illustrations/
2015 – La Boussole, Odessa Ukraine /cover, photo illustrations/
Creativity for me is an escape. Escape into the inner world from external imperfections. I am not saying that everything is perfect inside my mind. It’s far from it, sometimes even scary there but certainly stunner. You can consider my work as a struggle against the ugliness of everyday life. In the country where I live, the aesthetics of everyday life is not the first necessity, that pumps the skill to seek out beautiful, and it generates the need to create to support internal aesthetic balance.
I specialize in portraits of people and the world around them. Photographing portraits is my necessity, this is the air I breath.
When I am working, I feel love, the love they sing about under the rain in the films and the brighter that love, the stronger result I get. A day without creativity I find useless.