«Transparent Forms of Beauty», 2023

Art project «Transparent Forms of Beauty», 2023.

The concept of the project is based on the idea that beauty is not something measured by standards or external appearance, but an inner infinite quality that can be felt and seen through conscious transparency of perception. Each photograph is created to show that beauty can have different forms and is based on each individual’s uniqueness. The «Transparent Forms of Beauty» art project is an attempt to prove that every person is beautiful in their unique individuality, and beauty is an infinite and silent diversity of forms and shades. It expresses the power of beauty embodied in forms of existence. The project consists of two series: «Emancipation of Light» and «Emancipation of the Body.»

«Emancipation of Light»

The art photography series «Emancipation of Light» was created by Ukrainian photographer Serhii Kovbasyuk in 2023. This series conveys the idea of liberating one’s inner light from limitations, freeing it from external boundaries, giving it space and ease, and demonstrating its beauty. The transparent fabric creates a mist-like effect, obscuring details but leaving the essentials.. The photographs can be seen as an allegory for the emancipation of individuals from social, cultural, religious, and other limitations that hinder personal development and self-expression. The «Emancipation of Light» series can be understood as liberation from all the factors that prevent us from being bright, light, and transparent. The photos depict not only the beauty of body forms but also the fluidity of movements, creating a feeling of lightness. The body blends with the movement of the fabric, giving the photograph dynamics and changing the sense of space. The form becomes a part of a greater whole, allowing it to be seen not only as physical but also as spiritual, as an element of light. The body becomes not just an object but a part of the artwork itself. The transparent fabric covering the body and face focuses attention on lines, texture, and movement instead of the individual. It symbolizes anonymity and universality, allowing the viewer to identify with the model and feel a connection to the body regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or any other attributes that may create barriers in perception. It prompts reflection on abstraction and minimalism, on how to separate oneself from external characteristics and focus on internal emotions, feelings, and experiences. These photographs show us that we are not always ready to open our body and soul to the whole world, and that each of us has our own secrets that we wish to keep hidden. But everyone strives for liberation or disclosure and upliftment of the human spirit, releasing our inner light. «Emancipation of Light» is aimed at inspiring viewers to strengthen their inner power and self-expression, despite limitations and difficulties that may be present in their lives. Each person can interpret the images in their own way and find their own meaning in them.

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«Emancipation of the Body»

The art photography series «Emancipation of the Body», created by Serhii Kovbasyuk, is a profound call for liberation from imposed standards and limitations, and a display of transparent beauty. The female body, as a linguistic tool, draws attention to the problem of social inequality and gender stereotypes in the modern world. It allows for a re-evaluation of one’s attitude towards sexuality, freedom, and traditional roles of women in society. This series breaks taboos, and each photo gradually reveals a deeper meaning, from limitations and a certain type of control over the body, to strength and independence, and a sense of freedom. It attests that people own their bodies and decide how to use them, and that people are capable of changing the world. The metaphorical meaning of the black transparent fabric covering the woman can be seen as a symbol of power, limits, and discipline, while the female figure breaking through the fabric expresses powerful energy and strength, independence. In a provocative form, the artist forces viewers to reflect on the fact that women are capable of more than just being objects of sexual fantasies. They have the right to freedom, independence, and determining their own values. The photographs encourage viewers to take real action in real life to help change the world for the better. Looking more deeply at the art photography series «Emancipation of the Body» as an expression of bodily form, one can feel a wider context of the theme being illuminated by the author. Serhii Kovbasyuk emphasizes the beauty and inspiration of corporeality that can be reflected in any form, without sexual or gender limitations. The female body in these images is not an object, but a subject of expressiveness and harmony. In addition, through the fabric covering parts of the body, the author creates an interesting interplay of contours and reflects the theme of insufficient freedom of self-expression in society. After all, beauty can be found in any body, regardless of its shape or gender. The freedom of self-expression through the body is a way to self-realization and the key to our understanding of ourselves as individuals. «Emancipation of the Body» allows us to rethink our view of corporeality, feel expressiveness and inner beauty, and witness the release from limitations. The author enables the viewer to comprehend the beauty of the body as a unity of spirit and matter, which can be reflected in any form, color, and style. The art photography series «Emancipation of the Body» by Ukrainian photographer Serhii Kovbasyuk, is a creative challenge for viewers and prompts deep reflection; it demonstrates the beauty and elegance of bodily forms, not just nudity. The author hopes that the photographs will become a source of inspiration for many people and open up new possibilities for important discussions.

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