Curator Selection / 2023 / /

Subaqueous Extravaganza- New Age Circus Underwater

The Show begins with a delightful buffet for our fishy friends, served from the sewage tubes of five-star hotels. Man and shark swap roles, with humans feeding the beast. A parade of modern creatures - a Fly, a Ghost, and a Rabbit - navigate through the currents of this human-made theater.
In this surreal performance, we offer marine life tickets to water sports activities, hinting at their future terrestrial existence. An unlikely Horse trots in, tying the circus together in absurdity. A repentant angel concludes thw show, reminding of the cost of our negligence, serving as a plea for change.

Alexej, a Ukrainian-German devoted diver and photographer, highlights the beauty and human-induced distress of the underwater world through his work. Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, he holds a diploma in rocket engineering and received photography education from the Kiev Photography School.
Alexej's art bridges photography and painting, employing abstract and fine art styles to underscore the link between terrestrial and aquatic worlds. With his distinctive style, he aspires to elevate underwater photography to powerful contemporary art that advocates for peace and environmental protection.

Awards :
- Overall winner of the Vienna Photography Awards.
Double first-place winner of the Travel Photographer of the Year competition.
- First-place winner of both the Monochrome Awards and Neutral Density Awards.
- Landscape Photographer of the Year as recognized by the Annual Photography Awards.
- Double gold medalist of the Prix de la Photographie (PX3), Tokyo Photography Awards, and Budapest Photography Awards.
- Double recipient of the Jury Top 5 Awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA).
- Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize.
- Commended by the Siena Creative Photography Awards.