Kajnikaj

What inspired you to start working on the project?
I constantly keep trying to come to terms with the reality I live in. I don’t really want to live in it, but at the same time, I don’t feel like escaping. Through my photographs, I try to assimilate the surroundings and the events which take place in them.

How did your work progress before you made the final version of your project?
Initially, I intended to document a phenomenon that was not linked to me personally, but after several months of painstaking struggle, I discovered that the topic I was working on was me.

What is the central message you wish to communicate?
By looking at the sky above the stagnating city and constructing rickety machines, I am seeking a way out of the place where I was born and bred, realising at the same time that my endeavours are doomed to failure. The provincial town is a background for ‘extracting’ a story of a family who lives there, but not from real events, rather from imaginary contents, with a view to nding the ultimate sense.

What photographic language do you use in your pictures and why?
The series is based on reconstructing the memories and notions of a child, and adopting a naive look characteristic of the youngest ones.
Hence the idea not to limit the story to the photographic language, which is a highly concrete means of expression. The story of a crazy builder who is striving to get out of his home town might or might not have happened. Just like the scenes in my pictures.