Today we’d like to introduce you to Anastasia Shulepova.
Anastasia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
2012: I’ve heard Grimes’ song “Dream Fortress” on my way to work: two months later, I quit the job at the advertising agency in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, to shoot a music video for it, using my last salary to rent the equipment.
It looked like a pretty insane thing to do, considering the fact I’ve never shot anything before. Nobody (including Grimes) asked us to make this bloody video, but I wanted to do it anyway out of pure obsession over the song.
2013: The video gained around 4 million views, Grimes reached out to us and suggested to make it an official video. We started getting attention.
2015: A year and a half later, I’ve moved to Los Angeles, got an MFA in film production and continued making music videos and short films. Our latest film, “Terry’s Women”, was screened at Cannes in 2019.
Music videos are still my favorite thing to work on.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
Music videos are my way to “play” music in a certain sense. Every good song is a story, and visualizing music can highlight its beauty and essence the same way a musical instrument could. My biggest nightmare is seeing a thoughtless music video for a great track. In terms of filmmaking, I’m trying to explore what seems the closest to me: the lives of misfits, outcasts, and underdogs beyond the political agenda. My work inevitably reflects my own background: an immigrant who lives between two disastrously different countries and tries to find her own place in the middle of it.
I’m trying to focus on finding beauty in the chaos of everyday reality and show the fascinating symmetry of life: living between two worlds always gives a broader perspective.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Staying true to yourself and telling your own story regardless of whether it fits the political agenda or social trends, Although it’s endlessly important to create more awareness of social injustice, political terror and racial aggression, it’s also important to stay honest and tell the stories you truly feel for, not the stories you get a pat on the back for.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Our latest film, “Terry’s Women”, is currently running within the festival circle.
The rest of my work can be found here:
- Website: www.shhhulepova.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @shhhulepova
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shhhulepova
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