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Exhibition January 28 − March 29
Exhibition of works by Sergei Sapozhnikov in the New Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery in the halls of the New Tretyakov Gallerypersonal exhibition of Sergey Sapozhnikov.

The exposition is composed of works provided by well-known patrons and collectors of contemporary art in Russia. The exhibition included the work of a photo artist from the series “Jalabuda” (2006–2008), “Unfinished Views” (2012), Total Picture (2014), The Drama Machine (2015), Dance (2018), as well as new works on urban Wednesday, including the Amazing Day series (2018), which was specifically created for the European Biennale of Contemporary Art Manifesta 12 in Palermo. The project is arranged in chronological order, as the evolution of ideas and practices from 2003 to 2018, and the work is combined into a holistic installation, which is also a new and interesting approach to displaying a creative retrospective.

The purpose of the exhibition project is to show and tell visitors about the symbiosis of the ideas of constructivism and avant-garde in various art forms in a single installation. Sergey Sapozhnikov’s work is perfect for this, because the master, exploring the specifics of photography through interaction and correlation with other genres of modern art, such as installation and performance, has already achieved considerable success in Russia and abroad. Each of his shots is a peculiar design and fixation of a flexible situation in the space of the urban environment. It is in the human environment that the author finds his stories and his heroes. Despite such artistic thoughtfulness, his works do not claim to aesthetic beauty. On the contrary, most of the works transform the impression that Sapozhnikov sometimes intentionally creates the effects of pollution and randomness. His photographs are characterized by some grotesque compositions and absurdity in actions and poses. They are also characterized by the use of a variety of color spectrum, coupled with baroque excesses and flatness of the image.

Based on the official websiteThe State Tretyakov Gallery.
Photoreport: Irina Shvedova.