Angelina – Moscow, RU
Frustrated by a last-minute cancellation, I immersed myself in the depths of Instagram. That’s when I found the mysterious @_unrealina: no name and only eight photos. But for some reason I felt that this could be something special. I took my chance, and it only took minutes before she replied: ‘I will be happy as fuck to join this art project. Serendipity effect rules!’ The Serendipity Effect? Her reply was as enigmatic as her profile.
The next day she picked me up at the train station. During our walk to her house, I was even more intrigued. Her mind was overflowing with theories about psychology, art therapy, prejudices about Russia, her vulnerability and its relation to her art, and how we could use all of that in our photo shoot. Such as using broken glass to reflect the inner struggle of her ego versus expectations. And the idea to create her own world in the bathroom—something she did as a child; creating her own fantasy laboratory to escape from reality.
I boarded the train of thoughts while I followed her through the dingy streets of Tsjerjomoesjki. It was a real honor that she allowed me to step into her own world, escaping from reality together for a few hours. After our lovely encounter, I took home a painting of her that will forever remind me that the “serendipity effect rules.” It indeed does, @_unrealina.