Uldus Bakhtiozina

photographer + visual artist
Russian artist Uldus Bakhtiozina creates magical photographs of whimsy and irony. Asking questions about gender and cultural stereotypes, she presents the world with humor and thoughtfulness.

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Uldus Bakhtiozina is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Russia. Born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Bakhtiozina studied and worked in graphic design and photography (and even politics, briefly) before settling on her particular style of absurd photos. Whether depicting a young boy in a tutu and Stormtrooper helmet or a hulking man wearing a collar of Barbie dolls, Bakhtiozina challenges gender and cultural norms with humor and magic, creating a fairytale world for the viewer.

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Live from TED2017

Storytellers and scientists: Notes from TED Fellows Session 2 at TED2017

April 25, 2017

On the morning of TED2017’s first day, our TED Fellows continue to blow minds in session 2 of the TED Fellows Talks — including a science demo featuring carnivorous plants, some gorgeous cultural mashups, and an introduction to the fish who won evolution. Do plants have brains? Well, no, but they’re certainly not dumb. And, […]

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Fellows Friday

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

April 11, 2014

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

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