Women in Photography 2017: Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase Slideshow Projection
Funeral Dress | Kristina Syrchikova

This project is about an elderly woman from Russia affected by cancer. For several years she had been struggling with her disease. She received treatment in hospitals, got several courses of chemotherapy, went to church, visited witchdoctors, used folk cures. She tried everything and believed in her recovery.

But then came the moment when she gave up and stopped believing. She sewed herself a funeral dress.

Doctors were giving up on her more and more often, redirecting her from one hospital to another. Most of them told her it was all because of senility, ignoring the fact that some symptoms revealed a week or a month ago. Doctors also refused to heal the woman, when they discovered her having cancer, refused to see her with various excuses for that.

She visited plenty of hospitals, almost lived in them, no one wanted to help her. She spent a week in the last hospital, couldn’t walk at all. She was discharged from the hospital and died two hours ago at home, surrounded by relatives.

About Kristina Syrchikova
Kristina is a visual storyteller from Russia. Member of The Russian Union of Art Photographers since 2012. Awardee of Young photographers of Russia (2013, 2014). Gold medal winner of Youth Delphic Games Russia (2013-2015). 2 place of Efremov Report Photography Competition (federal reportage nomination, 2015). Grand Prix of photo contest “Youth of Russia-2012“. Participant of more than thirty group exhibitions, including: Photobiennale 2016 (Moscow, Russia, 2016), ESPY award (Swansea, Great Britain, 2015), PhotoVisa (Krasnodar, Russia, 2014), Photomania-2015 (Kalinigrad, Russia), Portrait Salon 2015 (London, Great Britain), Young photographers of Russia (Vilnius, Lithuania, 2013), Young man in the 21st century (Kaunas, Lithuania, 2015).

Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)