Lidija Kononenko – BA (Hons) Photography
Lidija Kononenko is a Russian artist living and working in London who graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography course at London College of Communication in 2013.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
I studied BA (Hons) Photography, graduating in 2013.
What made you choose that particular course?
Their reputation and high standard of works shown at degree shows.
Where are you from in the world?
I was born in Lithuania and moved to Essex in England when I was eight. My heritage is Russian, and I’ve also lived there for a couple of years before college. I’ve been in London for five years.
Can you describe a recent project?
A Guide to Walking in Public is a series of performance videos exploring the visual language of the body within social contexts. This work offers the audience an illustrated analysis of behaviour patterns and movement, reflecting on the condition of wanting to appear confident, successful and happy.
What are you working on/where are you working at the moment?
I’m currently studying the movement of muscles in facial expression. This work will aim to examine one’s mental and physical tension between expressing true emotions and beneficial emotions in social situations.
Please tell us about the approaches, techniques and tools, you use in your work.
I spend a significant amount of time on research, filtering ideas and writing. Some of the recurring themes in my work are control and analysis, so my work naturally becomes highly controlled, and sometimes I plan the smallest details for an upcoming shoot. To communicate my ideas before a shoot, I like to have a rough draft of the script, a storyboard and test shoots.
Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:
This year I’d like to carry on exhibiting and complete new pieces. I’m lucky to have been awarded a Mentorship Programme from FreshFaced + WildEyed exhibition which will be great support. I’m also showing work at UAL Showroom in a moving image exhibition soon.
What drives you to succeed?
My drive is to engage my ideas with an audience. This helps me think a lot about how the work is perceived whilst producing it, and pushes me to apply for opportunities for it to be seen afterwards.
Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?
Galleries - there are always many amazing exhibitions on.
How did your experience at LCC contribute in structuring your career?
Most of the tutors and visiting lecturers are practicing artists – their experience in the industry is very valuable.
What did you enjoy most about LCC?
Exploring my interests as an artist, meeting wonderful people and living in London.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Experiment and take advantage of contact time and facilities.