Mar 15, 2018
rokovoy is a photo-duo working on topics such as lgbtq communities, queer individuals, and gender politics, with the intention of giving voice to these underrepresented and marginalized groups. Using a direct and snapshot-like aesthetics, rokovoy creates images that are bold, fun and with multiple significances. Their fresh approach to photography is at the same time a rebellious voice against conventions, which seeks for more openness and equality.
Following we present an interview that we had with them:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us, who is Rokovoy?
R- ROKOVOY is Amanda M. Jansson and Volk Kinetshniy. We are siblings, and we have been photographing together for a few years. Right now, we are photographing in Berlin and in Athens. We grew up in different places in Europe, but our origin is mostly Russian. None of us studied photography; Volk has a BA in Psychology and is doing an MA in Criminal Psychology, while Amanda studied Literature and is starting her MA in film making in a few months.
am - How did you decide to create a photo duo?
R - We have always been working together on several things, so it was natural to come up with ROKOVOY instead of both long names on display as it was in the beginning. Together, we can work really fast and exploit our different perspectives to have a varied end result. It’s also easier for our friends or models to relax and feel more comfortable while posing, because of the chemistry between us.
am - What inspires your work?
R - Our friends and the people we meet inspire us in many ways; sometimes we see someone and we know we need to take their pictures. Movies are also a big inspiration to us, visually speaking. Then, also stuff we read, vintage gay porn, illustrations, documentary style movies, pinku movies…
am - How would you describe your visual language?
R - Raw, intimate, personal, funny, not too staged, sometimes sexual. We love snapshot aesthetics and rich colors. We often use flash and strongly believe in the beauty of imperfections.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
R - Hm, it’s hard to pick names, but we love many artists from the: Czech New Wave, New German Cinema, Japanese New Waves, New Queer Cinema. We like lots of Renaissance and Baroque stuff. Amanda is also interested in actionism, ukiyo-e, conceptual art, abstract art, and manga artists.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
R - We wanna document interesting people, our lives, our friends. Put thoughts, ideas and pictures living in our heads out there to exist. We want to create honest, uncompromised works focusing on lgbtq communities, queer individuals, and gender politics. We hope to allow underrepresented and marginalized groups to be seen and heard more.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
R - At the moment, maybe “Body without soul” and “Foggi is a bastard”.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
R - Can’t come up with one right now.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.