The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is pleased to announce upcoming exhibition New Landscape presenting seven photography projects reflecting on the transformation of the post-Soviet landscape. The exhibition opens in the Art Gallery space on March 16, 2018.
The works of Liza Faktor, the earliest among the featured projects see Siberia as the Russian Frontier, once partially tamed but deserted anew as the centrally planned economy failed. Alexander Gronsky’s Less than One explores the outermost regions of Russia, where the average population is 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 borders of 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 presents the landscapes of contemporary Russia as a gigantic backdrop for Russian amateur football as the country prepares for the 2018 World Cup, and it is this backdrop that draws principal attention. Arcadia by Anastasia Tsayder, similarly to Valeri Nistratov’s Documents of Nature, looks at the relation between the human and the natural, but instead of finding an opposition discovers a strange co-existence. If there is a conflict between the two it is the nature that is winning as it is re-conquering the urban space.
The interest towards the critical interpretation of the landscape in Russian photography rises in the 1990s and reaches its peak in the 2010s. The artists react to the social changes and observe the paradoxes brought about by them. Their works focus on the conflict between the man-made and the natural, the urban sprawl, the construction of the uniform shopping malls and office buildings, the transformation of the Soviet centrally planned landscape by the market economy—all these come as manifestations of the new post-Soviet landscape being born.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public program which will include a series of panel discussions, lectures and films on the subjects of landscape, cultural studies and contemporary photography.
Artists: Alexander Gronsky, Anastasia Tsayder, Liza Faktor, Max Sher, Petr Antonov, Sergey Novikov, Valeri Nistratov.
Curated by Anastasia Tsayder and Petr Antonov
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Yeltsin Centre is the point of attraction of the city and international audience, a new place on the map of Yekaterinburg, Russia, the world. Yeltsin Center (Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential Center) is a non-profit organization bearing the name of the first Russian president. The main goal of the Center is to preserve, study and comprehend the historical legacy of Boris Yeltsin in the context of the political and social events of the 1990s. Yeltsin Center was opened on November 25, 2015 in Yekaterinburg. Presidential Center BN Yeltsin was created in accordance with the Federal Law No. 68 “On the Historic Preservation Centers of Presidents of the Russian Federation, Terminated Their Exercise”, adopted in 2008.
The Art Gallery is the space for temporary exhibitions, where artistic practices and curatorial projects representing the art of the 20th and 21st centuries are offered to the attention of visitors. For an incomplete two years, the gallery hosted exhibitions “90th”, “Berlin case”, “Like-minded people”, “Novokuznetsk school of photography”, “August 91st. People on the Square “,” Nonconformism as a point of reference “,” Vladimir Dubosarsky. Certificate of Revival “,” Unknown “and others.