Elvira Kolerova is a Russian-born photographer who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin and is studying fine art photography.
In her ongoing photographic project, “Figures and Incidents” (2016-2017), she explores the aesthetics, manipulative techniques and the stylistic construction of the probably least respected film genre ‒ the slasher film. By using the visual language of slasher movies combined with vivid colors, strong contrasts and often feeble lighting, she creates a mysterious space with tension and uncertainty, every picture telling its own story. The uncertainty of what happened or what will happen next is what slasher movies and this photographic project are all about. At the same time, the series reflects on loneliness, vulnerability and the mortality of human beings.
Most of her work is staged photography, inspired by the horror classics of the eighties and the photographer’s own nightmares. The intriguing forms of expression, the creation of suspense and mystery that never took place as well as the search for new photographic aesthetics is what fascinates Kolerova most in her work with “Figures and Incidents”.