Kiss and Тell (1-3)

Kiss and Тell/ “Ще разкажа на всички какво стана между нас” или “Каквото има между нас, няма да остане тайна” - pencil, acrylic and Schmincke pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper.
Size: 24 x 27 cm, 2021 (Foto material used: Margarita Mamun's Getty photography image) Anton Terziev, Photo: © the artist. Courtesy the author
Title credit: Svetoslav Todorov - journalist, editor and writer

Margarita Mamun is a Olympic champion in rythmic gymnastics, Rio 2016

Part of NTFL seria (2019- ) Unexhibited

“She’s not a fighter. So why the hell do we need her?”  “If she doesn’t fight, she should go to hell.” Irina Viner-Usmanova, the head of Russia’s dominant rhythmic gymnastics program*

Margarita Mamun is exposing a blunt, brutal and abusive preparation regime, uncovering the dark side of Russian rhythmic gymnastics.

 

In the series No Time for Losers I examine just that – what it takes from you, what and whom you pay, who constructs the content of success as a symbol and metaphor, what is its shelf life? I do it through the well-known moment of triumph, mandatory for sport photographers. A freeze-frame, in which I comment on the role interrelations between the award, the awardee and the award presenter.

I hit the brakes on the rat race for quick, immediate, instagrammable success. This concept is like a tomb. A remarkable pantheon, which you furnish meticulously with awards, trophies in your CV and what not, to the last day of your life.

Whoever wants to be a „relevant participant in the processes“ knows that things like vulnerability, exposedness and sensitivity smell of failure, they don’t make you   competitive on the market. Like in sports, whose direct aesthetics I borrow for my series.

From an early age, you have to run in the right lane or track. Lest you compete on top level but outside of the field, or even worse – out of the range of the cameras reporting the game from the pitch.

 

Kiss and Тell/ “Ще разкажа на всички какво стана между нас” или “Каквото има между нас, няма да остане тайна” 2 - pencil, acrylic and Schmincke pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper. 
Size: 24 x 27 cm, 2021 (Foto material used: Margarita Mamun's Getty photography image) Anton Terziev, Photo: © the artist. Courtesy the author
Title credit: Svetoslav Todorov

Margarita Mamun is a Olympic champion in rythmic gymnastics, Rio 2016

Part of NTFL seria (2019- ) Unexhibited

Kiss and Тell/ “Ще разкажа на всички какво стана между нас” или “Каквото има между нас, няма да остане тайна” 3 - pencil, acrylic and Schmincke pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper.
Size: 24 x 27 cm, 2021 (Foto material used: Margarita Mamun's Getty photography image) Anton Terziev, Photo: © the artist. Courtesy the author
Title credit: Svetoslav Todorov

Margarita Mamun is a Olympic champion in rythmic gymnastics, Rio 2016

Part of NTFL seria (2019- ) Unexhibited

The documentary you must see - This Is What It Looks Like When A Coach Stops Pretending It's About Anything But Winning:

 
“You are not a human being but an athlete”

“Why the hell didn’t you hit again?”

“You silly cow, it’s your routine!”