Elena Anosova is a visual artist working with documentary and art photography, video, archive, and installations. Originally hailing from the region of Baikal (Russia, Siberia), she is currently based in Irkutsk and Moscow.
The most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal, long-term projects that are centered around lives in closed institutions, small communities, and isolation. She is a recipient of The Aaron Siskind Foundation, World Press Photo, Center Project, LensCulture. Her work has been published around the world including National Geographic (USA).
In Russia almost exultant romanticization of the prison culture exists hand in hand with the brutal reality of of everyday life and living habits of inmates.
Everywhere personal space and privacy is destroyed . Total surveillance of all the aspects of social, economic and private life becames possible. The struggle for "our common future safe" excuses all. This is felt acutely in prison.
In the enclosed space of prison a woman is always in the position of being watched, deprived of physical and even the supposed possibility to be alone. Years of forced nudity and loss of intimate space cripples an inmate's personality. The society of the penal institution is just as cruel as the crimes she commited.
Tatiana 24 years old, sentenced to 7.4 years of prison and her girlfriend 34 years old, sentenced to 8.6 years of prison.
Yekaterina, born in 1986. She's in a prison colony for first-time offenders, sentenced to 8 years.
In the confined space of a prison, women are under constant surveillance, without the slightest opportunity to be alone. The uniform of underwear has only one size range.
This is Irina, born in 1976. She's in a prison colony for repeat offenders, sentenced to 20 years.
In a paradoxical way, in Russia, almost exultant romanticization of the prison coexists hand in hand with stygmatization of daily prison routines and living habits of inmates.
This is Yelena, born in 1981. She's in a prison colony for first-time offenders, sentenced to 7 years.
Rendering psychological and medical care one of the most difficult problems. Suffering many years of this type of nudity and the loss of intimacy deforms a person.
Oksana, born in 1971. She's in a prison colony for first-time offenders, sentenced to 6.6 years. She has two daughters.
Prison community is a model of our society, perhaps, a bit more brazen and visceral.
Anastasia 30 years old, sentenced to 8 years of prison and Maria 32 years old, sentenced to 2 years of prison.
This is Larisa, born in 1967. She's in a prison colony for repeat offenders, sentenced to 5 years.