Dedicated to the memory of Sergei Sveshnikov (1959–2012), renowned photographer and artist
According to his words, he turned to the art of photography after having accidentally seen photo works by Andy Warhol. Searching for his own way Sveshnikov soon started taking lessons from Oleg Bakharev, one of the leading Leningrad photographers in the 1970’s. He was also deeply influenced by his friend Boris Smelov who introduced him to the art of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Bill Brandt, Josef Sudek and other masters of photography.
In his work Sveshnikov experimented extensively with old printing techniques, using different styles and genres. He used to say:
“There’s so much behind the word “photography”. To me it’s something from graphics. So here’s etching and here’s photography… Camera is just like etching press. You can make a good photograph anywhere. Even right here, right now”.
This exhibition includes twenty works from the series Entropy that was presented at the gallery of Jam Hall Cinema (Saint Petersburg) in 2005.
Working on his project, Sveshnikov documented objects in a state of decay doomed to oblivion and destruction.
“Cultured plants and animals cannot compete with free predators. Things turn into dust and rust. Ideas are forgotten or, even worse, warped in such a way that they are not recognizable any more. Man’s creations are not capable of self-development. They are subjects to decay. Sooner or later it happens. Decomposition at a city dump is painless and quick. In a museum or henhouse it is tragicomic… We can give a second life to the lumps of our great decaying supermarket. A life in art”.
Artist painted prints from black-and-white films with pencils and markers.
Entropy as a measure of “disorder” in the project of Sergei Sveshinkov is an interesting examination of how the traditional visual language decays into minimal “discrete” that has its own context depth and becomes reflection of reality in art.
Venue: House of Cinema, Karavannaya str., 12
Sergei Sveshnikov (1959–2012) lived and worked in Saint-Petersburg. His teacher in photography was Oleg Bakharev, one of the leading photography masters of the 1970s in Leningrad.
Sergei Sveshnikov has had 15 personal exhibitions and took part in over 50 group shows in and outside Russia, including:
Sergei Sveshnikov’s works are part of the collections of ROSPHOTO and Zverev Center of Contemporary Art (Moscow), some are owned by various museums and private collectors in Germany, Spain, France, and Scotland.
During his work at Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio in 1983–1989, Sergei Sveshnikov took part in the creation of over twenty documentaries (directors D. Delov, A. Sidelnikov, A. Karpushev, N. Makarov and others), also he participated in creation of vinyl records by Sergei Kuryokhin and Oleg Butman. Sveshnikov’s photographs were published in albums “Ladoga. It’s Not Late Yet” (1987) and “Tragic December” (1989) printed by Planeta publishing house.
In 2007–2011 photographer worked at ROSPHOTO where he conducted master-classes on printing techniques and created outstanding art projects.
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Timur Novikov, Denis Yegelski, Andrey Medvedev, Egor Ostrov, Stanislav Makarov, Sergei Sveshnikov, Denis Alexandrov, Sergei Klimov
Smelov was one of the most outstanding Soviet Underground artists and the founder of the ‘unofficial photography’ of the 1970s–1990s
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