Ksenia Ivanova (St. Petersburg) has been working as a photojournalist since 2014.
She graduated from FotoDepartament.Institute with a certificate in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism (Mikhail Domozhilov, course tutor, 2014) and Power of Environment (Yana Romanova, course tutor, 2015).
Ms. Ivanova won the 1st Prize in Young Russian Photographers 2015 competition, was nominated in Federal Report category in Alexander Yefremov Photojournalism Competition (2015), won the 3rd Prize in Series category in Landmark Point competition (2015). Her works were published in national (Kommersant's Ogonyok Magazine, Takiye Dela Magazine) and international media (Courrier Japon, Meduza.io).
Oliver (23 years old) after punk concert. "I grew up in a small Siberian town, where there was hardly any punk music at all. The core of the punk community in those days was made up of teenagers and students who'd dropped out of society and didn't fully understand why everything was happening or what they should be doing. Their protest was an act against school and against their families. And I gotta tell you: it was pretty fucking awesome for its time, and I was the same way. But if you look at it now, it's all pretty laughable: a bunch of skinny-ass school kids screaming about something, getting wasted, getting high on cough syrup, and then barely being able to walk. We were all a bunch of fake-ass punks", - Oliver said.
Oksana (25 years old) at the gym "Vegetarian Force."
A vegan, Oksana does powerlifting and lives by the principles of "straight edge," as evidenced by the cross tattoo on the inside of her elbow. Like most punks in Russia, she supports the so-called anti-fascist movement, which actively fights back against neonazi groups.
A common Russian punk concert. "You can safely call yourself a punk without being an anarchist, and just be ''anti-social,'' without adhering to any particular ideas, just riding the nihilistic wave of it all. What does it mean to be anti-social in our time? It's either renting your place and using the money to travel abroad, running off to the forest, to somewhere in Siberia, and building yourself a hut, or something. Or in modern society you can just fucking consume, steal, drink, and be on your own. Most people choose the second route. It's a lot simpler",- Sanya said.
A trip to the mosh pit ends with a torn tendon. Sasha "Mutogen" will need to wear a cast for several weeks afterwards.
Oliver with other young punks climbed on stage during the concert. "My life goes some periods: one day I think you have to keep some social position, to do something useful. Everyone thinks that it is initially a failure, because no one does this ... But if you do all the same some small steps, positive actions, it will lead to something anyway. And sometimes it seems to me that all this has no use to anyone, it is easier to behave shocking and "decompose",
Dana (24 years old) dresses her daughter, Marina, to go out for a walk. The child's father is a drummer in a punk band. He doesn't live with them or visit his daughter.
A friendly brawl between two punks in an illegally occupied building. A tenant in an average "squat" in Russia sticks around for several months. Usually the police come through and evict everyone, so punks try to keep the locations of these lodgings a secret. Most squats exist only in the summer, as they''re not fit to sustain residents through the Russian winter. The organizer of this squat is proud that his group has managed to stay put for 11 months now, having wired the building for electricity and survived a winter that included temperatures 20 degrees below zero (negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit). Throughout this time, the building sustained two fires, one of which killed a member of the group.
Sasha "Tsoi" (after the beloved Soviet rock pioneer Viktor Tsoi) is adding to his forearm a tattoo copied from a photograph of American punk artist John John Jesse. Tsoi calls the design "Sins of a Generation." More people don't think about anything at all. They listen to the music, they get the haircuts, and they walk around and hang out like that for like seven goddamn years. And then they're done. But the handful that remains will carry on the ideas of anarchism, and keep up the protests. And I know we're not going to do shit, and , and that our kids aren't going to do shit and that there's no use rocking the boat, because if it tips and we're all stranded, we'll fucking eat each other. And then the whole world will just go up in flames from global capitalism and the fact that nobody gives a single fuck",- said Tsoi.
«Comrade Ketchup» is on the beam, daring to jump. He has been involved in anti-fascist and Russian anarchist movements and does not allow his face to be photographed. "I understand that I can create anarchy here in this room with your friends but behind the door it is no longer exists, because there I am a part of the consumer society, of capitalism ... and nobody cares what I'm thinking about. At the moment we can create small anarchist cells, and live according to universal values. Not material and not capitalistic, only universal. The main value is life, equality and love", - Sanya "Tsoi".
The parents of the bride and groom greet their children outside the city hall registration office after the marriage is made official, sharing a traditional celebratory bread. Sasha was seeing his father (on the right in the photo above) for the first time in five years. "I don't know how it turned out that way... we don't even live that far from him," Sasha says. "He's had another family for a long time now, and he generally has more right-wing views".
One of the punks running through the forest with a burning cross.Every year in Russia held a punk festival "United Help Fest", from which all the money goes to help defenders of animals and ecology.