Contemporary Soviet Photography: Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

I am more and more convinced that Ukraina has been, and is again, one of the European centers for creative photography. In particular, after Roman Pyatkovka, I would like to go back to the works by Arsen Savadov, made ​​in 1997.

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

I warmly suggest to have a look of the series Donbass-Chocolate and Fashion at the Graveyard. I find that in both series Savadov has faced and caused a little ‘stir on issues that are really reflecting our present age. At the same time poetic and sensual, these images are certainly worthy of being rediscovered.

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

Arsen Savadov was born in 1962, Kyiv, Ukraine. He currently lives and works in Kyiv and New York. Graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Art in 1986, his works were presented within the First Ukrainian Project, La 49 Biennale di Venezia (2001); Sotheby’s, Modern and Contemporary Russian Art, London and New York (2009); New Ukrainian painting, WHITE BOX, (2008) and many others institutions.

© Arsen Savadov

© Arsen Savadov

Arsen Savadov

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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Photography and installations – Alexei Meschtschanow

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Welcome on board to my latest discovery: Alexei Meschtschanow. Meschtschanow’s exhibition concept “The Buggenbauer Syndrome” in 2007, embraced a series of sculptures resembling pieces of furniture placed in open space. Cold, terrific, these are self-sufficient objects. The objects observed are indeed familiar, but they can no longer be associated or classified. They are rudiments of a social arrangement, in which parameters such as security, hygiene and sense of style had their undisputed places. Their image is emphasized and at the same time is humiliated.

© Alexei Meschtschanow

© Alexei Meschtschanow

Meschtschanow leaves these seemingly self-contained objects to the torture of examination through their “aesthetic impurity”, in the process of which the Buggenbauer Syndrome performs the part of an aesthetic formula or an image. The receptivity is both of a sensual as well as a mental nature. Lately Meschtschanow started to apply the same concept to old portraits. And that’s precisely the series I like more.

© Alexei Meschtschanow

© Alexei Meschtschanow

Alexei Meschtschanow, born in 1973 in Kiev, studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Gerrnany. He lives and works in Berlin. Among his solo exhibitions are “Biedermeierstandards”, Rainer Wehr gallery, Stuttgart, Germany (2004), “Tiefbauarbeiten”, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany (2004), and “Amorphe Form in Mausefalle”, AMERIKA, Berlin (2006). Further, he participated in numerous exhibitions such as “Steven Black and Alexej Meschtschanow”, Kunstverein Leipzig, Germany (2005), Kiemms Berlin, (2012).

Klemms Berlin

Selected by Ingrid Melano