Julie Poly (real name Yulia Polyashchenko, b.1986) took her first pictures at the "Kinnyi Market" in Kharkiv. She was primarily interested in raw documentary photography, but in 2013 Poly started to work with fashion, with its penchant for staged pictures. As a result, Poly's portfolio lists commissions for regional fashion magazines (Vogue,L'Officiel, Harper's Bazaar) and international art publications such as Dazed & Confused, i-D, NUMERO and Jalouse. In 2021, Julie created the erotic art zine Hrishnytsia, where she researches and gathers Ukrainian artists who explore issues of sexuality, self-discovery, gender, and intimacy within their practice. Until the Russian invasion, the artist worked and lived in Kyiv. Currently, Poly is based in Munich.
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