Anay Avoravu is an artist from Russia. She started traveling abroad at young age, in search of clients and subjects that would satisfy her obsession with bringing reality to print. Unaccepted in Russia, after traveling from Egypt to UAE and around the globe, she finally found her home in Miami Beach. Her work aims to bring attention to social problems in Russia, where females were oppressed for centuries, trapped, and the price of freedom never obtainable. Her camera lens is a way to reveal what most are afraid to discuss: “Taboo” subjects such as abuse, entrapment, sexuality and nudity. Avoravu creates visual art and prints that expose the world as it still exists behind closed doors, in the dark alleys, or even in plain sight. She describes her works as dark, ugly and raw just as a real abuse is.
“This current series is called ‘Honey Noon’ and shows the post-abused period in women’s lives. It is not about what happened in their past, but how they carry it now. Each model represents the tradition that means happiness for a couple; Rose’s petals in the bouquets that men presents on the first date for Russia, rice that guests throw on the wedding for India or sheets with blood that husbands have to show to the relatives after the first night for Chechnya. These are components of traditions that are still in our cultures and thoughts.”
Photography: Anay Avoravu Creative body paint & makeup: Mimi Perroni