Anna Tea is
a 23-year-old artist from Ukraine. She is currently studying Master
of Photography at a German university.
“Meditation is a great
part of my creativity. I started practicing meditation when I was 12
and started doing photography a few years later. At some point in our
lives, we all have experienced the feeling of not belonging, of not
being accepted or simply confused. Most of my work represents and
emphasizes this particular emotional state many people, not only
artists, go through. As growing up in small, undeveloped town and
later on traveling and living in numerous countries to understand
various cultures and different people, I have reached the conclusion
that not always it is possible to truly become part of the
environment, not always one is able to fully blend into other’s
space and sometimes it is better to observe everything from one’s
own world – silently, carefully, patiently. Societies and cultures
nowadays have merged yet they try to preserve some particular values
they have and this can be incredibly confusing thing to experience
for young minds particularly as this is the time when one seeks to
find him- or herself yet it can happen that the surrounding
environment does not organically accept you, that they will make you
know – you are not like us”.
I have three names and one
family name. I prefer to be called Careful
Pen. I draw
objects and stories. I think one line on a paper could tell a story
more effectively than ten of them. I like red, black and white
colours. I like grey the most lately. I grow up with my mother. I
used to spend my days isolated, but my nights with a company. Today I
don’t care about it.
I have two unfinished
canvases on the wall in my room, and a new one on the floor. I like
to look at them and imagine various paintings I could paint on them.
I am working on three illustrated books. “Cuddling Kama Sutra” is
about different cuddling poses for objects. I have been published
quite a few times. I lose myself easily in my thoughts. I have hard
times to stay focused. I have hard times to stop working. I write
theatre performances and they are mostly tragedies. My drawings are
mostly comical and weird. I am having a hard time to decide which
feelings I like most. My father’s photo camera fired my excitement
for art. My aunt was upset with me photographing naked old women on a
beach. I still think they are the best photos I ever made though.
Theatre came early in my life, consequently, I could not consider it
to become my life. My mother always wanted me to be an actress,but I
prefer to direct. In 2015 I premiered two shows and decided not to do
the same mistake again. I am writing three shows at the moment. I
have also started to write a book about my family. I have a good
title for it. Drawing helps me to stay calm. I don’t like people
taking my pens. But I do think that if I want to, I can have all the
pens of the universe. I don’t feel shame if I steal it. I draw
objects more often than I draw humans, or animals, or plants. I am in
a constant searching for connections between my drawings and the
plays I create.
Léah Njeim is
a 26 years old french multi-disciplinary artist, joining Closet
Liberation as a photographer. She studied Documentary cinema and
stage acting in Paris. She has been self educated in film photography
during university years and practiced during her travels.
“I was always fascinated
by boundaries, borders, limits. What is the connection between
performing and being? How can we express and explore that connection
through fashion? What is the border for the photographer between
their part as an artist and as a person? How can you be part of
events but at the same time have enough distance to capture the
moment from an outside perspective? I am also trying to question
ethicals limits, which is a relevant point in the fashion industry,
speaking of economics andrepresentations. More than capturing an
instant, I am trying to orientate my work towards the process of
finding the right balance of means and ways used to catch a picture.
I want to over-think the relation between aesthetics and politics,
beauty and misrepresentation, display and exploitation. What
interests me more at this point is that crazy connection, the thin
line between the norms -the restrictive rules that are part of the
mainstream fashion/beauty/visual in global industries- and the
empowerment -the actual liberation hidden behind them- what is to win
for trespassing the borders”.
is a creative
explorer. In her work, she seeks to break borders between disciplines
and enable some sort of “liquid investigation”. She likes to mix
n’ match photography, music, painting, food, fashion, video making
and writing in inter- & multidisciplinary settings. The result is
rarely a finished project, but most likely a start for the next one.
Rossella is definitely
curious. She likes to see herself in different roles and to fight for
different causes. She has worked in the contemporary art industry, in
the music scene, as a waitress and as a social researcher. Rossella
is a less-waste-lifestyle wannabe ambassador and entrepreneur. She is
pro plastic-free, homemade, refillable and reusable habits. From food
and health care to cosmetics and fashion; doing your own stuff means
being more aware of your life quality. It means being healthier and
helping the planet become healthier.
She collaborates with
Closet Liberation as a photo-reporter and storyteller.