I was drawn to a fire element intuitively since I started taking photos - around the age of 15. Later I started learning about this element’s symbolism in magical, spiritual and esoteric rituals as well as in mythology, astrology and Kundalini yoga. Fire represents a change, passion and motivation, is immediate in every instance and makes fast transformations. Fire can be purifying and at the time is a destruction that sees no obstacles on its way. It can be dangerous and straightforward, at the same time can give warmth, energy and life force.
In my series I experimented with fire. These photos were taken extremely fast, and none of the models were hurt.
Anna Martynenko (b. 1994, Ukraine) is a photographer based in Berlin, Germany. She graduated with an MA in Photography from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle (Saale), Germany, in 2019, and also studied Audiovisual Techniques at the Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, in 2015.
Recent selected exhibitions include Identities, Galerie SLP, Berlin, 2022; Men, Spoiler Galerie, Berlin; Mirrors and Reflections, Millepiani Gallery, Rome; Fashion and Fibre Art, CICA Museum, South Korea, all 2020; Between Us, Neukölln, Berlin, 2019; Flurgold, Kunststriftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, 2018. She has also been included in group shows presented during international photography festivals such as Rotterdam Photo in 2020 and co-curated an exhibition entitled Flashback Displacements at Voodoo55, Berlin, 2018. In 2020 and 2022 she was shortlisted for the SpaceNet Award, and for the Friends Award - Freundeskreis des Hauses der Photographie e.V. in 2018. She won Reclaim Award, The Gallery prize by Artichoke Trust, and the Fellowship with Peace Revolution Artist Retreat in 2016, among other competition commendations.
She attended the Re:Main German-Ukrainian residency sponsored by Stiftung EVZ in 2019 and has been selected for the Helikon Art residency program in 2022. Anna has been the recipient of travel grants in 2019 and 2018 from Schwarzkopf Stiftung; from STIBET DAAD in 2019, from the European Cultural Foundation and Open Ukraine in 2016.