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Moscow - Paris. Igor Mukhin's Photography

3 december 2003—25 january 2005
The exhibition presents two series of works by Igor Mukhin, an interesting Russian photographer. "Moscow-Paris" project reveals unique atmosphere of either megapolis. At the same time, the author emphasises common problems of citizens, especially those of Russian and French young people. Igor Mukhin created his first works in the mid 1980s. It was the time when Soviet Underground art first appeared openly in Russia and became popular among western art-institutions. Owning to such representatives of the new generation of Russian artists as A.Rodchenko, V.Ignatovich, and A.Shaikhet, Russian photomodernism of the 1920-30s was rediscovered abroad. In Russia, all kinds of modern art were changing so quickly that photography seemed rather inert. However, works of certain authors exceeded the bounds of traditional camera journalism. Igor Mukhin, along with I.Kabakov, E.Bulatov, G.Bruskin, demythifies Soviet reality, using various schemas of modern art, especially those of the most powerfull trend of the Russian Underground - Social Art. Mukhin possesses an inborn ability to find and show in his photographs energetics of a social space and a certain man. This allowed him in his Moscow 1996-2000 series to create a bright and inwardly dramatical image of Russia and its capital at the turn of the 21st century. It is rather different characters than city objects that the photographer is interested in. He reproduces the unique atmosphere and style of the city in beat of the sixties. In 1999 Igor Mukhin received a scholarship of the Paris city in the context of the Artists Exchange Programme held by mayoralties of Moscow and Paris. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture of France gives him a grant to make photographs of French young people for a project dated for celebration of the third millennium. A work in Paris became a kind of test for the photographer, since Paris is the most "photogenic" city in the world and has a very strong tradition based on hundreds of brilliant works of great photographers. This makes it especially difficult to find one's own approach and intonation. Igor Mukhin showed himself able to make another step in photo-chronicle of the great city, to record the last moments of the previous millennium in his own way. Igor Mukhin's photo series have been shown at Moscow "Photobiannual", "The Month of Photography" in Paris, photo festival in the Netherlands and Biannual exhibition in Bratislava. Mukhin projects have been exhibited in such galleries as "Carre Noir" (Paris) and "The Camera Obscura Gallery" (the USA). His photographs can be found in collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the European House of Photography (Paris), the National Fund of Contemporary Art (Paris), and other museums.
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The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

17 december 2020—10 may 2021

The Leningrad Rock Club was established in early 1981 and has become a true center of attraction for musicians whose art did not fit into the Soviet cultural framework. The Leningrad Rock Club was a sign of the era of upcoming changes in the country and even now, after forty years, it is hardly needed to explain what was its role in the cultural and social life of Leningrad and, more broadly, the country.

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

2 november—30 november 2020

The exhibition completes the contest organized in cooperation with the Professional Photocenter Foto-One. Photographers were offered to show their view on St. Petersburg without any limitations in technique, genre, or style. The professional jury chose 97 works inspired by this unique city. Each and every photographer participating in the exhibition has his own, real and magical image of St. Petersburg.

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