Olga Sidilkovskaya was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia. She lived there for thirteen years, in the uncertainty and confusion of post-communism, and in 2005, she moved to the United States to live with her father. During the process of cultural adaptation and teenage identity crisis, Olga became involved in visual arts, beginning with drawing and painting, and then falling in love with photography. She is currently exploring functional and non-functional landscapes through analogue photography.
Much of my most recent work deals with themes of functionality, perception, and objectivity. I seek out natural and urban landscapes that have a specific purpose to serve humans, and I photograph them out of their general context. Objectively portrayed, familiar places become foreign and distant. Without human presence, the original function either disappears or ceases to be significant. Challenging the viewer's perspective, the work calls for contemplation of how function stands in the way of seeing.