Lyuba Matyunina is a visual artist who takes an anthropological approach to her work. Though based in Amsterdam, Lyuba was born in Kaliningrad and has made work all over the world—researching myths and rituals wherever she goes, which heavily influence her work. She injects a sense of the absurd into her images and short films, bringing traditional masks, costumes, and cultural iconography into a contemporary setting. We spoke to Lyuba about a handful of her favorite pieces and the fairy tales and folklore embedded in each one.
“Shamans use masks to travel to different realities, to travel to different worlds, and in a way I do the same through my artwork.”