Alexey Kondakov


Kyiv-based artist Alexey Kondakov uses surrealistic documentary photography to superimpose figures from classical artwork into everyday scenes of modern life. He is renowned for his Photoshopped collage series in which Kyiv, Ukraine served as the backdrop for characters from old world masterpieces. The artist merges the past and the present, showing with a deft eye how classical figures fit seamlessly into contemporary situations that, in themselves, are timeless.

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You Can’t Even Imagine It. Lord Frederic Leighton, “Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon”, 1869


This artwork is about understanding and feeling war in your home. It’s hard to imagine it. No one wants to think about it, everyone thinks that they have a lucky ticket in life. And it’s easy to stay away if you don’t know what war is and you just get tired of seeing the news. Unfortunately, only those who have seen the war can truly understand. Photograph was taken near Lukyanivska metro station, which is near the center of Kyiv. A Russian missile hit the civilian house early morning on March 15. Features Lord Frederic Leighton “Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon” 1869.