Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Elena Larionova 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Elena Larionova is a final year Film and TV Production student. She is hardworking, well versed with experience in all aspects of filmmaking and enjoys working with a wide range of people. She has a particular interest in cinematography and art and hopes to continue to incorporate the two mediums in with her film and photography projects.

The Search for Meaning: Understanding Symbolic Imagery Through Alejandro Jodorowsky & Sergei Parajanov

In my dissertation, I focus on the use of symbolism through symbolic imagery in avant-garde films, The Holy Mountain (Mexico, 1973) directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and The Colour of Pomegranates (USSR, 1969) directed by Sergei Parajanov.

Symbolism is a universal language. It is understood to be an artistic and poetic movement or style that utilises symbolic imagery to communicate messages, ideas, and state of mind. It is recognised primarily through words, objects, characters, colours, or music and is known to carry meaning different from its literal sense. It allows individuals to explore and express themselves poetically as well as exchange concepts and experiences with others. The objective of symbolism is to freely create rather than generate revenue or adhere to commercial standards.