The 96 originals of the SANKI-photos are presented at the exhibition of Valentin Samarin. The Photographer tells, that “the term “SANKI” appeared in the 1970s in Leningrad. This is the new-old silver (on the bromine-silver base) photo that was invented 200 years ago. Every photo, every negative on the film, million kilometers of the old films, beginning from the silent movies contains latent images”. Valentin Samarin makes them visible for people.
Artist’s acquaintance with experimental ballet of L. Yakobson initiated his searching for the adequate photographic means for transferring of the new plastic of the human body. The interest for the dance, that appeared in Samarin’s creativity incarnated in the visual line. The image began to deform, run, acquired the qualities of another dimensions. The photographer declined the static and focused images, space and time identity and invented the moving frame.
In 1981 Valentin Samarin as a political refugee moved to Paris. He lived the active life of the Parisian underground and continued to take a photo of exhibitions, parties and everyday life of the Russian artists, writers and painters. The Parisian photos from the 1980s form the Big Dipper series, that was devoted to the signer, writer and model N. Medvedeva, the “Theatre performances of A. Chvostenko” in the Russian club “Symposion” and the others. In Paris, Marseilles, Antwerp, Mannheim Samarin continues to take a photo of the performances and rehearsals of M. Bejart, C. Carlson, P. Bausch, P. Tallard. V. Panov, B. Eifman and the others. His photographic experiments in the portrait genre Valentin Samarin calls as the “metaportraits”. Along with the theatre performances, exhibitions and actions, persons from the Leningrad and Parisian underground, urban stories and portraits, Samarin shoots the artworks: “I took a photo of the paintings to find the meta-signs. My photos are not the reproductions, they reveal the upper layer of the image”.
The photos by Valentin Samarin were presented at the many personal and group exhibitions in different countries and cities, including Russia.
30 may—26 august 2019
From the series “Traveling around Russian Empire”. The exhibition presents the image of St. Petersburg Governorate in professional and amateur photographs, as well as postcards depicting the man-made and natural sights of the area, the local population and the events of everyday life.
24 january—13 may 2019
The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad. The artist witnessed and experienced the siege, one of the most tragic events of the Second World War, firsthand.
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