Non respingermi dalla tua presenza, 1990, 14 stampe b/n cm 180.5 x 430
Cast me not away from your presence
Non respingermi dalla tua presenza
Opening on Thursday October 2nd, 2008 from 18.30. Exhibition until November 8th 2008.
Catalogue with critical text by Viktor Misiano.
Vladimir Kupriyanov's photo installations reconstruct the fragments of a lost world, investigating the historical experience of late Soviet society. His images devoid of judgement or personalised narration, and employ an original formal technique: printed on film, glass or plexiglas , the figures are set in a particular representative context. In his works, memory acquires historical and social value.
"The traumatic experience that Kupriyanov shares with those who have been labelled "the last Soviet generation" is reduced to a sudden, inexplicable and irrevocable loss of the apparently unshakeable lifeworld. And indeed "everything was forever, until it was no more". In addition, this world disappeared without leaving us any message, any legitimate last testament or any assessment of itself (apart from those that are now being hurriedly peddled in the current political environment). The absence of any reference points caused by this loss is compounded by the fact that by casting a retrospective gaze, we understand that having lived in that world, which appeared to us to be eternal and "forever", we have in actual fact witnessed - and Kupriyanov's work bears testament to this". (Viktor Misiano)
The photo-installation entitled Cast me not away from your presence represents the period of "romantic hope" which characterised the common people of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the nineties, expressing their desire to come out into the open, to achieve democracy and embrace modernisation.
The triptych Festival '57 harks back to one of the culminating events of Khrushchev's détente: the "Festival of Youth and Students" which was held that year: days of euphoria caused by the encounter with the outside world after decades of political isolation. Essential cycles of his work deal with the Moscow metro and rural life in Russia.
This exhibition will also present some of the artist's most recent photographic works.
Vladimir Kupriyanov was born in 1954 in Moscow where he lives and works. Apart from photography, he also has worked as a theatre director. He is associate professor of artistic photography at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Media Arts.