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Russian Photography is a new online exhibition presented by the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH). Curated by Anna Shpakova, Director of Photography at the Russian agency Ria Novosti, this exhibition explores the work of Anastasia Rudenko, Georgy Pervov, Denis Tarasov, Ilya Batrakov and the Grozny Collective Project. "The stories we are presenting today at the Photographic Museum are very diverse: we are introducing photographers from different generations, individual and group projects, and we are showing bodies of work from various genres: from documentary photography to a completely original genre entitled 'photographic realism', coined by the photographer," Shpakova says.
PMH Press Release
March 3rd, 2014 - Photographic Museum of Humanity is delighted to present the March exhibition based on the new concept inaugurated in February, in which each fresh show explores photography from a different country.
Our public is offered local insight by being shown a selection of the most interesting works done in the last few years. To do this we work with a renowned figure within the local photography industry that acts as invited curator and together with the Museum curators selects promising and established photographers and their works. The selection aims to be a starting point from which to learn about contemporary photography in each country.
For this second exhibition we have chosen to explore Russian photography under the curatorship of Anna Shpakova, Director of Photography at the Russian agency Ria Novosti. Her thoughts on photography in her country are as follows:
“For the last several years, Russian photography has carved its path from photojournalism to artistic and personal documentary, and yet some of the classic approaches are still preserved. The stories we are presenting today at the Photographic Museum are very diverse: we are introducing photographers from different generations, individual and group projects, and we are showing bodies of work from various genres: from documentary photography to a completely original genre entitled 'photographic realism', coined by the photographer.”
GALLERY I: "A VISUAL DICTIONARY OF RUSSIA"
BY ANASTASIA RUDENKO
Is it possible to define a whole country in a photographic series? Anastasia Rudenko’s images seem to be an attempt to do so. Her photographs don´t simply look like words, but rather like musical notes creating a beautiful Russian song.
GALLERY II: " FIGURED SCENES AND PORTRAITS OF TOTALREALISM"
BY GEORGY PERVOV
Walking within the limits of documentary photography and photographic realism, these images of Russian people show us a different side of daily life in the biggest country in the world.
GALLERY III: "THE ESSENCE"
BY DENIS TARASOV
Denis Tarasov photographs the spaces where dead mafia gangsters lie. These amazing images of tombstones speak of a political, social and cultural time in the country when material wealth ended up celebrated in the face of death.
GALLERY IV: "GROZNY: NINE CITIES"
BY GROZNY COLLECTIVE PROJECT
Three women have been collaborating on a project in Chechnya since 2009 centered on the idea of finding nine hidden cities or ‘levels’ within the capital of Grozny. The result is a fresh approach filled with compelling and dynamic images.
GALLERY V: "WITH NO FACE"
BY ILYA BATRAKOV
An imaginary Russian journey of the times, visual sparks with profound questions at its core. A philosophical exploration of a young man concerned about the world we live in.