Close and Far: Russian Photography Now

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now

17th January 2015 - 7th March 2015

Warwick Art Centre, Coventry


A touring exhibition from Calvert 22 Gallery

Featuring: Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, Alexander Gronsky, Dimitri Venkov, Taus Makhacheva, Olya Ivanova and Max Sher

Close and Far is an exhibition centred around the recently rediscovered works of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, an early pioneer of colour photography who was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, to document the vast and varied empire he presided over. The result was an extraordinary graphic encyclopaedia of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Today, Russia is still a land of dramatic extremes. Where Prokudin-Gorsky witnessed the effects of Russian imperialism first-hand, contemporary artists are working in the aftermath of the collapse of both the Romanov and the Soviet empires. Close and Far presents recent photography and films by artists whose work explores the subject of identity and place in post-Soviet times.

Close and Far has been curated by Kate Bush.

For more information click here.

Image credit: Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. Peasant girls, Russian Empire, 1909, Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Prokudin-Gorsky Collection, Washington D.C.

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