As a professional model who works on the international stage, Anastasia Titova (Ana) rarely stays at her home in Belarus. Since she was a little girl, Ana has been moving from one country to the next. At sixteen, she began her career as a model in Paris, and from that time on she has always been staying in different cities, different countries. In 2005, she visited Jakarta for a short while, but then came back and stays to this day. While residing in Jakarta, she often traveled with her husband-a photographer-in her free time, visiting places that she finds intriguing and making photographs of the things that catch her fancy.
When she was examining her pictures, Ana felt something was missing. She then tried to fill that vacuum with images she took from the magazines she had at home. She then discovered how the photographs, on which she glued the various cut pictures, were transformed and presented new narratives. Every category represents Ana’s imaginations and dreams about the perfect world, with a touch of glee and humor. One can see the strong influence of fashion in her collage works. These works are neatly done, with the selection of cut pictures that blend well with the background.
The word “collage” is originated from the French word “coller” meaning “to glue”. Ana’s photo-collage uses glue and pictures cut from the magazine. Many artists have employed the technique of collage, such as the Dada artist Hannah Hoch and the cubist painters Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the early twentieth century. We can therefore see how the technique of collage has intrigued artists from different eras as it was able to represent psychological conditions and understand the reality of the world’s visage that had fallen into pieces since the discovery of photography.
Written by RGE, translated by Rani E. Ambyo.
Photos by Nadia Rachel.