Katya Dronova


During the swim in the Moscow CSKA swimming arena, which was built under Stalin in the 1930s, I watched with great interest the tower jump training sessions of the CSKA youth department. I was impressed by this hard and not at all childlike sport, by the countless jumps, whereby each time the fear, coldness, exhaustion and often the pain over the previous failed jump attempt must be overcome.

The moment of greatest tension is reached when the diver stands full of concentration at the edge of the spring board, preparing for the sudden burst of force-fired jump and the subsequent complex movement during the flight phase. It is this pause of several seconds, full of concentration on oneself and one's own body, detached from the outside world that I present in the pictures of this series.

Anxiety. 2018
Oil on canvas. 120x90 cm
Diving III. 2016
Oil on canvas. 100x80 cm. Private Collection
Diving I. 2015
Oil on canvas. 120x160 cm
Concentration Before the Jump. 2016
Oil on canvas. 25,5x25,5 cm. Private Collection
Diving. 2011
Oil on canvas. 100x50 cm. Private Collection