January 23 - March 24, 2019
Artists: Alexander Gronsky, Anastasia Tsayder, Liza Faktor, Max Sher, Petr Antonov, Sergey Novikov, Valeri Nistratov.
Curated by Anastasia Tsayder and Petr Antonov.
Group exhibition New Landscape features seven photography projects exploring the landscape as a means to reflect on the new post-Soviet culture. The artists focus on the everyday and the mundane, that which is habitually ignored yet provides abundant information about contemporary Russian society.
The changes that Russia has undergone in the recent decades have been dramatic and they are clearly manifest in the landscape. The global transition from the industrial society to the post-industrial has been augmented by Russia's transition from the planned economy to the free market, from the Soviet to the post-Soviet. Uniform shopping malls, gated communities, urban sprawl - for the featured artists all these come as manifestations of the new post-Soviet landscape being born. Brought together the works create a portrayal of what may be a transformation of a landscape and a culture unprecedented in scale and pace.
The works of Liza Faktor see Siberia as the Russian frontier, once partially tamed but deserted anew. Alexander Gronsky's Less than One explores the outermost regions of Russia where the average population often amounts to less than one person per square kilometre. Documents of Nature by Valeri Nistratov, mainly shot along the fringes of Moscow, the country's megacity capital, looks for the marks of the nascent capitalism at the border between the urbanised and the rural. The works by Max Sher and Petr Antonov explore similar changes, except they use the built environment to record the emerging aesthetics. Sergei Novikov's Grassroots turns contemporary Russian landscapes into a gigantic backdrop for the Russian amateur football as the country prepares for the FIFA World Cup. Arcadia by Anastasia Tsayder, similarly to Valeri Nistratov's Documents of Nature, looks at the relation between the nature and man, but instead of finding an opposition discovers a strange co-existence as the nature re-conquers the urban space.
The featured artists have been widely exhibited in Russia and internationally, they are recipients of such awards as World Press Photo Award, Foam Paul Huf Award, Howard Chapnick Award, Innovation Prize.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public program which will include a series of panel discussions, lectures and artist talks on the subjects of landscape, cultural studies, contemporary art and photography.
New Landscape is presented with the support of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre Foundation and was first shown at Art Gallery space of Yeltsin Centre in Ekaterinburg in 2018. Throughout 2018 the exhibition has toured several museums in Russia and has been exhibited at PERMM Museum of Modern Art in Perm, Ivan Slovtsov Museum in Tyumen, Ploschad Mira Museum in Krasnoyarsk. The opening of the exhibition at Ekaterina Cultural Foundation will be its premiere in Moscow.
Partner: Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia
Partners of the educational program: MEGANOM office for architecture and Dvorulitsa (Yardstreet) project, STRELKA MAG
Alexander Gronsky was born in 1980 in Tallinn and has worked as a professional photographer since 1998. Alexander Gronsky's works have been exhibited worldwide and are part of museum and private collections. Alexander Gronsky is a recipient of Foam Paul Huf Award, Aperture Portfolio Prize, World Press Photo Award, Linhof Young Photographer Award, Innovation Prize, a Kandinsky Prize nominee.
Anastasia Tsayder was born in 1983 in Karelia and graduated from the Faculty of Photojournalism of St Petersburg Journalists' Union in 2009. She is a recepient of Silver Camera photography prize, finalist of Kandinsky Prize. Anastasia Tsayder's works have been shown is solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including Russian Interiors (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as part of the Photobiennale-2014), Moskovia.Research (Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts, Moscow), Rencontres d'Arles Festival (France).
Liza Faktor was born in Moscow, lives and works in the USA. She is a producer, curator, photographer and co-founder of Screen, a visual storytelling production company. She was the founding director of the Objective Reality Foundation, and the co-founder of Agency.Photographer.ru. She has produced multi-platform visual documentary projects and curated more than twenty exhibitions in Russia, the US, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and the UAE. She is a recipient of the Howard Chapnick award for the advancement of photojournalism twice, and has served on juries worldwide including the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. She has been taking pictures since mid-1990s. Her photography works have been exhibited in Russia, Spain, the UK and the US.
Max Sher was born in 1975 in Leningrad. Max Sher studied linguistics in Kemerovo and Strasbourg universities and took up photography in 2006. In 2008 he was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award and became a finalist in the Cord Prize in 2013. His works have been shown at solo and group exhibitions in Russia, Austria, Italy and England.
Petr Antonov was born in Moscow in 1977 and has fully focused on photography since 2008. Petr Antonov's works have been exhibited in Russia, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Syria, USA, and have received nominations for Prix Pictet, Paul Huf and PDN30 awards. His series Ruins was shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Award.
Sergey Novikov was born in 1979 in Cheboksary and has studied picture and video editing. Since 2009 Sergey Novikov has been working on personal photography projects. Sergei Novikov's works have been shown in personal and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His photo books have been nominated for Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles, Photobookfest Dummy Award, DOCfield Dummy Award, Fiebre Photobook Festival, Encontros da Imagem Dummy Award.
Valeri Nistratov was born in Moscow in 1973. Valeri Nistratov began his photographer's career in 1990 at the age of 17 as a news photographer, in 1994 he reconsidered his photography and chose to focus on personal projects. Valeri Nistratov's photographs have been exhibited in Russia, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, South Africa, Japan, China and other countries. Valeri Nistratov has been teaching documentary photography course in the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.