The project has the form of a detective investigation, superimposed on reflections on growing up and related physiological and psychological processes.
I take the role of a detective and construct the plot through the intuitive following of the frame, not knowing about the end of the story in advance.
The starting point of the series is an archival children’s video, which involuntarily suggests a sense of suspense. Something has to happen to the little girl in the frame, and she doesn’t know anything about it yet. Then the story unfolds through a series of photographs, which with their cinematic aesthetics, increase the feeling of anxiety. The locations, objects, and people captured in these black-and-white images seem to build causal relationships, but we don’t see the girls in the video there. Probably, the investigation is conducted around her disappearance.
Olesia Saienko is a photographer and visual storyteller from Ukraine. She was born in Lutsk in 1992 but now she lives and works in Ivano-Frankivsk. She has a master’s degree in psychology and she is interested in documentary and conceptual photography. She started to work as a photojournalist and freelance photographer in 2017.