Ksenia Usacheva is a fashion and art photographer, a visual artist currently based in Paris. Human art Object is a series of still life fantastic portraits, in which human beings are represented as immobile objects. Decorated with symbolic still life attributes, characters become idealised by their own beauty. Djamila Imani is a model, visual artist, performer and a painter.
“I try to question what is beauty in today’s society of consumerism. Human being becomes objectified, as mass media creates a standard of an ideal “cover person” – idol, iconic mask, with no personality, which is a perfect portrait of a human “face-off”. Nowadays media dictates which “objects” a person needs to have to become more like this “cover person”, to be accepted in the society and to be seen as “beautiful”, “successful”, “happy” etc. To reinforce this paradox, in this series I try to present portraits as if it was still life images.”