Arseni Khamzin is a visual artist who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Arseni holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Hartford Art School.
JMZ project is a series of Arseni's personal investigations and notes on Brooklyn – a new and unfamiliar place for him at the time. The whole project started in 2013 when Arseni moved to New York from his hometown. To get used to his new location, he decided to explore it with a camera in his hand. For a year and a half, Arseni was collecting images of uncanny objects, spaces, and strangers that he met on his way.
The subjects of the pictures look as they were accidentally adopted, but careful observation preceded the process of photographing. Arseni has chosen particular eye-catching elements from the mundane landscape and framed with his camera, giving them a new context and interpretation. Some of the pictures portray figurative pieces while others remain abstract juxtaposing saturated and achromatic colors.
With JMZ project, Arseni created his personal portrait of one of the most popular areas in New York. As he explained: “I used photography to try to understand the unfamiliar landscape that I found myself a part of and wished to create a project that would express the sense of awe, wonder, and confusion that I experienced in this landscape.” JMZ was first published in August 2015 and as a first monograph of the artist.