On October 31, 2019 at 18:00, in the very center of Zurich in the Photobastei 2.0 gallery, was open an exhibition by astrophotographer Anna Dobrovolskaya-Mints.
In the classical sense, astrophotography is a method of conducting astronomical observations based on photographing celestial bodies.
Using classical methods of astrophotography, Anna creates night landscapes, experimenting with the properties of time and reflecting on philosophical escapism.
The key task of the photographer is to find tools and creative methods that could embody her commitment to escapism, concentrated in the very name of the project.
The artist comments:
“…Those who have chosen escapism as their strategy are still calling for something to be done, but what? Dadaists and surrealists had abandoned reality in favor of surreality, a hallucinatory super-reality. It was a place where the objective lost its meaning. In Russia, underground art movements (groups such as ‘Collective Actions,’ ‘New Artists,’ and ‘Necrorealists’) sought escape from traumatic reality into a world of the abstract and meaningless. Yet, how does one escape from their own boiling consciousness? From the little hell of your subjective space? Today, nearly all of the territories of the marginal have already been explored. It is only in an objective space, where phenomena are constant, that their nature and functioning are beyond humankind’s control.”