1 / 11       From the series Pastoral. © Alexander Gronsky.

2 / 11       From series Pastoral. © Alexander Gronsky.

3 / 11       From the series Weather Man. © Eugenia Arbugaeva.

4 / 11       From series Weather Man. © Evgenia Arbugaeva.

5 / 11       From the series Into The Cold. © Ksenia Diodorova.

6 / 11       From series Into the Cold. © Ksenia Diodorova.

7 / 11       From the series The Mari - The Last Pagans Of Europe. © Tatiana Plotnikova.

8 / 11       From the series The Mari - The Last Pagans Of Europe. © Tatiana Plotnikova.

9 / 11       During the visit to the exhibition Pastoral by Alexander Gronsky. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

10 / 11       During the visit to the exhibition The Mari - The Last Pagans Of Europe by Tatiana Plotnikova. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

11 / 11       During the visit to the exhibition In the Cold by ksenia Diodorovaova. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Focus on Russia

Curated by Andrei Polikanov (Russian Reporter), Focus on Russia follows the Polish proposal of last year always exhibited in the location of Ruga Piana 60. The space, of very arlesian taste, welcomed the works Pastoral by Alexander Gronsky, The Mari, the Last Pagans of Europe by Tatiana Plotnikova, In the Cold by Ksenia Diodorova and Weather Man by Evgenia Arbugaeva.
Among all the work the one that surely stands out is by Alexander Gronsky with his spectacular research on the areas, which border between Moscow and the surrounding countryside. A vision of great scope a special attention dedicated to this sort of no man's land in which the presence of the human figure appear almost as silhouettes, the limit of distinguishable, almost as if the author asks what are those strange, little beings doing lost in spaces of difficult definition. And the question takes hold of the visitors when they find out how much it is difficult to distinguish what belongs to the human race and what, instead, is part of its waste. The city is almost like an island surrounded by a sort of desert, beyond the topographic data, it seems to reflect an existential condition.
We popped directly up to the top floor of Ruga Piana 60 it deserves attention, but it was easy to foresee even without coming to visit the exhibition by Evgenia Arbugaeva entitled Weather Man. On a journey in 2013 the photographer meets Slava Korotkiy, a Polyarniki (explorer of the North). Affected by this man, who has lived for thirteen years in solitude, and influenced by the myth that in Soviet times these popular characters cloaked in glory were like cosmonauts, Evgenia Arbugaeva, herself had lived in the Arctic, she went back a couple of times to the station in Korotkiy and tells of everyday life there with images. The picture that emerges is powerful and dark. Places that we usually think invaded by the white of the glaciers are almost always presented as a bit dark and mysterious, a powerful interpretative key that cannot leave the visitors indifferent.
As regard to In the Cold by Ksenia Diodorova and The Mari, the Last Pagans of Europe by Tatiana Plotnikova, Polikanov’s choices genuinely tend to escape us. Not so much as in absolute terms, as in relation to the value of the first two shows that we have mentioned. In particular, Plotnikova's work disappointed us, especially reprehensible the level of captioning, really poor. But honestly even the black and white images are certainly not hailing as a miracle.
In conclusion, compared to last year, when the effect Polish tourist brochure left a nice little bitter taste in the mouth (other than the photographs being absolutely poor), a breakthrough has been registered, and not small. If then next year we will manage to keep the level constant on all three floors of the Ruga Piana 60, well, then this venue could really become a strong point of Cortona On The Move 2016. [ S. I. ]

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PASTORAL by Alexander Gronsky
THE MARI, THE LAST PAGANS OF EUROPE by Tatiana Plotnikova
IN THE COLD by Ksenia Diodorova
WEATHER MAN by Evgenia Arbugaeva
Ruga Piana 60 | until September 27th, 2015
admission fee: 5,00 €

published on 2015-07-22 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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