Svetlana Talanova (b. 1985) is a Belarusian artist based in London. Her practice centres on camera-less photography. Working in complete darkness, she manipulates photosensitive paper, light and time. Talanova explores the organic nature of photography, the potential of the human senses and our interaction with the environment. Her work explores the boundaries of photography and questions prevailing values and hierarchies in society today.
Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, her work has been exhibited in the UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and South Korea. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions, such as #social, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea (2021); The Makeable Mind, Noorderlicht International Fotofestival, Netherlands (2021); 36th Annual Open Exhibition, Southwark Park Galleries, London (2021); Festival Pil’Ours, France (2019 & 2020); and A Day in Your Life Photographic Prize, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019).
She has been commissioned by Westfield London (Future Fashion, 2021), nominated for the Fine Art Photography Awards (2021 & 2020) and was selected as a finalist in the Food Photographer of the Year Awards (2020). Talanova was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary (2020) and received Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (2020).