Born in Belarus, grew up in Vietnam, Prague and California.
My road to photography and film started 6 years ago, when I was "exposed" and discovered by the New York Times - as a model I would practice "guerrilla modeling" in my spare time, and sneak into most expensive fashion boutiques all over the world, create elaborate setups inside the dressing rooms and take self-portraits wearing their most amazing garments. I'd often get kicked out or even arrested!
Since then I've done many (long) art collaborations with designers and magazines. Some of the fun ones:
Most recent cool ongoing project was Lips Of Babel - I shot
50 models, each from a different country and speaking a different language - saying a TONGUE twister in her native language-http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/read-their-lips
Self portrait series/collaboration with Bella Freud, used as her campaign and shown at London Frieze Art Fair in 2007
Another cool project:
I wanted to conduct an experiment on how our appearance - our outer shell affects and directly creates our fortunes. In this three-months-long video and photo project I asked a famous model Meghan Collison to start in this fashion live performance project by undergoing series of dramatic transformations, a la Cindy Sherman, using fashion, wigs and makeup. We created the most iconic archetypes of women seen in NYC, "Upper East Side Lady", "Hippie Girl", "Blogger", "Gothic Prep School Girl", "Architect", "All American Girl".... Once in her "character du jour" Meghan went to get her clairvoyant readings by numerous Psychics in NYC, while I was documenting it Guerrila-Style. The experiment was a total success - each of those psychics thought Meghan was a different girl and gave her a totally different fortune!!! None of the psychics even guessed that Meghan was a fashion model!
Publications I contribute to - W, V, Interview, Garage, Pop, NYTimes.