Alexander Filippov’s artistic ideas and views were developed in the mid-1980s during the period of cardinal social and cultural changes in the USSR. At that time many Soviet photographers were actively involved in artistic and creative endeavors, searched for their own way in photography, which could allow them to express their thoughts and feelings about life and events in the contemporary world.

The photographs by Alexander Filippov give us an opportunity to trace the evolution of the artist whose oeuvre embodies many characteristic features of a very interesting and original generation of Saint Petersburg-based photographers, which made a name for itself in the mid-1980s. That generation was absorbed in social and documentary photography during the Perestroika, and then devoted itself to photographic experiments in the late 1980s–early 1990s, a creative search which could be compared with daring and important experiments of the Soviet photographers in the 1920s. In the mid-1990s the artists of Filippov’s generation witnessed a period of stagnation in photography and then faced a dramatic transition to the digital photography in the early 2000s.

The exhibition of photographs by the Saint Petersburg-based artist Alexander Filippov spans three decades of the photographer’s work and includes over one hundred art pieces created from the mid-1980s to the present day.