Danila Tkachenko

September 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Escape 1
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 2
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 3
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 4
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 2/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 5
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 6
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 7
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 8
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 9
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 2/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 10
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 11
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 12
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 13
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 14
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 15
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 16
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 3/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 17
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 18
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 19
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 20
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 21
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 22
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 23
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 24
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 25
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 26
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 27
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 28
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 29
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 4/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Escape 30
2013
inkjet print
20" x 24"

Edition 1/12: $900
image © Danila Tkachenko

Danila Tkachenko

Escape

“I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in modern society: is it at all reachable, when you’re surrounded by social framework all the time? School, work, family—once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position, and have to do what you’re supposed to. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this?”

Danila Tkachenko’s series Escape is a revealing photographic study of multiple individuals who have chosen to leave organized society behind for the wilderness of Russia and Ukraine. The men pictured live in solitude in order to forget the troubles of their past lives and to avoid the conformity required to live with others. Alongside these evocative portraits, Tkachenko presents the dark, muted beauty of the natural environment and the varied forms of shelter these hermits have constructed for themselves within it.

Danila Tkachenko is a documentary photographer based in Moscow, Russia. He graduated in 2014 from the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia and has since published and exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Tkachenko’s photographs have most recently been shown at Kehrer Galerie in Berlin, Germany; the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia; Galleria del Cembalo, Rome; and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Escape, his first published monograph, was released by Peperoni Books in 2014.