Today we’d like to introduce you to Dmitry Zhitov.
Dmitry, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Growing up in a small Siberian village, I always knew that there is so much more over there. I always had love and passion for storytelling. I created all kind of stories since I remember myself, some people might call them lies, but my parents always showed a great interest in listening to my stories and supported me in whatever I was interested. I remember my first film camera. Taking pictures with my mom and then developing them in a dark room with red light and all kind of liquids to get the photos developed and then hanging them to dry. It was so magical, the whole process of photographing and seeing the photos appearing on a paper in a small container with solution. That’s how my love of storytelling got stronger and got to use my photos to share with my family and friends.
Many years have passed, but my love and passion for storytelling has not changed. Even though I create bigger projects now- documentaries, that travel the world and win many awards nationally and internationally, exhibitions of my photography, music videos, publish Coffee Table Books, that little boy from Siberia is still with me, is still passionate about storytelling and eager to explore the world.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a filmmaker and a photographer, a storyteller. I get inspired by people, places, and things around me. Inspiration is an interesting thing.
You cannot find it. I guess it finds you. You just need to be curious and open to new adventures.
I remember 10 years ago, when I was a full-time yoga teacher, I was driving to work and heard about a new enrollment to a broadcasting school in Miami. Without hesitation, I called and set up an appointment with the school. That’s how I got into filmmaking. One beautiful afternoon, I was walking along Ocean Drive and saw Drag Queens performing on a street stopping the traffic. I was blown away and started filming them. Here where inspiration came to me and I created my first documentary “South Beach On Heels’ that won over 30 awards, from LA to Miami, from Madrid to Milan.
In 2015, I went to Cuba for 40 days and 40 nights and was taking a lot of photographs along the entire island. That journey inspired me to create a multi-sensory exhibition and a coffee table book “Faces and Voices of Cuba” that is very successful not only in Miami but also in Russia.
Two years ago I decided to cross my motherland Russia by Trans-Siberian Train. That journey was like a journey to my childhood. I fell in love with Russia again, and when I came back to the US, I created several multi-sensory Exhibitions in Miami, which were loved by the audience. This August, my friend, author Susan Ford Collins and I are going back to Russia to film a documentary “Trans-Siberian Express.”
Traveling inspires me very much. I recently came back from India and captured magnificent photos there. I was invited to have my new exhibition in Russia this coming September, and of course, I will have one in the US.
We create our art to share, to inspire, to make people think, question, and maybe get answers. I love when people who come to my exhibitions or films, and then tell me that they were carried away. That they were touched and learned something new or just enjoyed it. That’s why I create my art.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Artists have always been movers and shares of the society. Art has no limits, no borders, no rules. With the help of art, we can reach a lot of people. I love making documentaries about social issues. LGBTQ, homelessness, documentaries that will make you think.
We live in a very unstable world, where things change, values change all the time. Yes, it might affect the artists and their art, hopefully in a good way.
The most important thing is staying true to yourself and create out of passion. If there is no passion, the audience will feel it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
When my films are done with Film Festivals, I share them on my website. I have links to get my book there as well.
My work is a part of upcoming exhibitions at Art/Design/Galley, 8688 Biscayne Blvd, Miami – July 11 and August 1st. I will be very happy to see you all.
My book “Faces and Voices of Cuba” can be found at Books&Books and my website.
I always share the news about upcoming event on my website and social media.
- Website: DmitryZhitov.com
- Phone: 7867188849
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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