Alexey Shlyk


Alexey Shlyk 

The Appleseed Necklace 


Every time Alexey Shlyk thinks of his native country Belarus, he is reminded of how wonderfully resourceful and creative the people are. These qualities were probably inherited - together with tolerance - from the Soviet period. Shlyk was born in 1986 and was a citizen of the Soviet Union for the early part of his childhood, remembering still his old passport complete with an embossed hammer and sickle, and the empty shelving in the local shops.

The Appleseed Necklace is based on the once predominant DIY culture in his country of origin that developing in the time of his childhood. These staged photographs refer to the artist’s memory and nostalgia for the things that he has seen, heard and participated in, in the past. In this body of work Shlyk is talking about creativity, craftsmanship, diligence, resourcefulness and acts of recycling that were natural to the people living in conditions of constant shortages.


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