Close and Far: Russian Photography Now
Talk and Tour | Mead Gallery
Friday 30 January 2015 - 11:00 until 13:00
A new generation of photographers and video artists explore identity and place in early 21st century Russia, alongside the rediscovered works of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of colour photography and prodigious photographer of more than 10,000 images documenting the many varied aspects of pre-Revolution Russian life.
When Nicholas II personally commissioned Prokudin-Gorsky to document his vast empire, he presided over the largest territory in the world. One hundred years later, Russia remains a land of dramatic extremes and diversity. Where Prokudin-Gorsky witnessed first-hand the effects of intensive colonisation and the early stirrings of industrialisation, today’s artists work in the aftermath of the empire’s collapse, grappling both with its past and future.Close and Far also showcases the work of Alexander Gronsky, Dimitri Venkov, Taus Makhacheva, Olya Ivanova and Max Sher.
This event has been organised by the Warwickshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.