Bella Logacheva (b. 1973) uses graphics, video, photography, and other media in her work. She was part of the SOSka Lab group of non-conformist young artists in the 2000s. Today she is a lecturer at the Kharkiv Academy of Design and Fine Arts. As an art student, Logacheva attended Alexandr Suprun’s (a Vremya group artist) photography class, and this could account for the artist’s frequent use of Kharkiv photography approaches.
© Bella Logacheva. 2015
Logacheva’s Home Exercises (2011—2012) is an art book in which retouched analog and digital photos are pasted over pages of sheet music ("early 20th century Schmitt’s piano exercises found at the secondhand book market in Kharkiv," as the artist’s statement proudly claims). The hand-written comments supply advice on everyday home gymnastics and expand on its comparison with the Soviet Young Pioneers’ morning exercise rites. The artist defines the project concept as "the outer world's intrusion into the intimate space of two young people." This work provides another example of the Kharkiv School naked self-portraying trend as a way of telling a personal story.