Reciprocity is a one-year experiment of two photographers - Elena Kholkina and Olga Alexeyenko, who represent two separate views and work together for the first time. Olga is an architectural photographer, Elena shoots personal documentary and self-portraits.

The starting point of the project is the concept of "home" that came in as common ground. In nature men never feel at home - we build shelters everywhere we go. Can we be comfortable in any space that has walls and a ceiling? Is there reciprocity in the relations of people and walls they build? Is decaying a necessary fact of life or a sign of neglect? Can we oppose owing to belonging, homelessness to freedom, comfort to imprisonment? Are boundaries and limitations also possibilities? The project consists of a large amount of images shot together between 2013 and now - Olga takes portraits of the places, and Elena shoots self-portraits with "home"-related objects inside them.

As the project evolves, the authors elaborate the concept of collaboration through personal correspondence in social networks etc, registering how artists from different backgrounds can work together, compromising between own interests\habits and shared experiences, how reciprocity grows along the process. Communication between people, between people and spaces they create and are responsible for, as well as physical and personal boundaries becomes the main focus.

The book exists in two variations - a leporello that brings two photographic views into one narrative, and a double book accentuating two separate artistic approaches.

Leporello book - size A5, 48 pages, uncoated paper, leporello binding
Double book - size ~A6 (11x15,5 cm), 48 pages, coated paper

Work on the book is currently in progress.

The project has been featured in 3/3 blog

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