Yulia Zakharova works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, installation art, video and sound. By choosing her own solutions, she creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perceptions and has to reconsider his position.
Her work urge us to consider art as being part of a medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By rejecting an idea of objectivity and global cultural narratives, she researches and reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question how time changes the memories and history.
Her works are an investigation of concepts such as time, memory, authenticity and objectivity by using a research precision and by referencing documentaries, stories and popular memory distortions. By collecting artefacts and questioning the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By using an ever-growing archive of found artefacts to create autonomous artworks, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.