Tanya Sushenkova

Occupy Abai; organization of the camp; “dining room”; project Narkofobiya's activists tested everybody for hepatitis and HIV (May 2012)

As a photographer, I shoot activists’ actions, some rallies, political and artistic activities. As an artist, I take part in and do own performances, objects, installations, photos, etc. I try to do this work on the edge of the street and institutions. Amongst other things, I’m an anarchist and a feminist, but I actually think that all labels and definitions, which limit the people and the understanding of it, are censorship and prison – external or internal. A man gets the best results for his actions, with support for his opinion and purpose, without deviating for imaginary values (for example, social roles, unnecessary products/services, money) that are not suited to him. In work and in life, I support the fight for human rights. I am against the effects of force – both physical and manipulative. I fight against the patriarchal system with its system of hierarchies, with the unhealthy competition it imposes, which inspires fear instead of nurturing self-awareness and self-responsibility.