Natalia Kopkina (b.1984) is Russian born artist and photographer based in Helsinki. Kopkina graduated with an MA in Photography from Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2015. She has also studied theoretical philosophy in the University of Helsinki and photography at School of Visual Arts in New York. She has shown in various solo and group shows with galleries in Finland and can be found in private and public collections there as well. A founder member of Finnish Darkroom Association, Kopkina works extensively with analogue printing processes.
I was born 1984 in Leningrad, but when I was seven years old my family moved to Finland. When my late grandmother’s house in Saint Petersburg was eventually sold in 2006, I decided to document the last days at my childhood home. Next year I continued photographing my country of birth and between 2006 and 2015 I made several photography trips to Russia and Estonia. In addition to the places I knew from my own childhood, I also visited hometowns of my parents and grandparents. I was interested in the “Russian soul” – the feeling or identity that remains with me even though I left Russia a long time ago.