11 Jan, 2023
There was a lot of love and warmth in our family, but the relationship was not simple. As always, from the outside, they could say that our family was an example to follow, but inside we all were under the authoritarian regime of my father. I started this series a year ago when we were still communicating well with each other and I wanted to write my own story of our relationship using photographic language. It was like one of the games that our parents invented for us when we were kids. But now we have switched roles. When I returned to my parents in the summer of 2022, I realized that the first part of the game was over and I had to start another one. Attempts to deconstruct reality and write a script for a new part of the game were painful, and full of despair. One of the main characters - my father - left the stage, ceasing to communicate with me, and secondary ones were added. What will be the next part? The name of the series «The Garden» alludes to the Garden of Eden which is both the idea always desirable but already lost and impossible.
Nadia Ermakova is originally from Tambov, Russia. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2019 entered the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, in Moscow, Russia. Nadezhda works in the field of age transition, and intergenerational relations. She also experiments a lot with alternative printing. Her series was published in Russia and abroad, and she took part in many group exhibitions in Russia and worldwide. In 2019 she participated in Nikon-NOOR Masterclass in Vienna. Also in 2019, she completed her first book “An Ordinary Story” about dreams and mother-son relationships. The book is short-listed for Kassel dummy award 2020 and winner of Riga Self Publish 2021. In 2020 she took part in the scholarship program of the VII Academy. Since 2022 Nadezhda has been studying at ENSAPC, Cergy, France.