Heaven \ Earth, Known\Unknown ... To trace the beginning of this archaic archetypal vector’s origin in history of mankind is beyond the powers of the Olympic gods themselves and mighty Tengri, the Turkic ruler of the sky. The unfathomable stability of this vertical at all times and on all continentssurely has reasons, obvious and hidden, which are so attractive to man.

Since the ancient times the eyes of the people were chained to the sky and its chief deity, the Sun; it was giving life and taking it back at its unfathomable whim. The vast majority of archaic religions and mythologies were associated with heaven and its deified inhabitants. The light of the sky was reality, magic, deity …

Today, the people's eyes change their direction, the ghostly light at an arm's length eclipsed the light of the stars and the sun, the sky became closer …

The themes of this trilogy are binary oppositions, like rational and irrational, as well as total conditionality of human thinking. What factors influence our individual monad, thrown in this particular point of time-space not by our own will? I got focused on three, in my view, most powerful and exciting conditionalities: religion, astrology, and the most powerful factor of our time – digital reality…

In this project I explore what else, and most importantly, how  can photography speak today, in the age of technological singularity’s approximation. Is it capable of provoking existential reflections, questions, commentaries …

Part One,  Solstice*

Mirrored tracks of the sun are an allegory of photography’s ontological essence – the movement of light, its transmission and perception. At the same time, in this sequence of photographs a brief but incomplete history of religions and mythological thinking reveals.

The series is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of pacifist sign, the sign of peace and hippie movement of the middle of the last century, the first awakening of youth's interest to meditation and Oriental religions.

*Speaking figuratively, photography might be designated by the Russian "Solntsevorot” ( i.e. “sun’s turnover"). In this word, in its deep sense – to return, to reflect, to rotate - is the very essence of photography; the movement of light, its transmission and perception.

Part Two,   Starfall. Mirrors of Fate

Round cosmological photos where there is neither top nor bottom; lines and patterns in which are created exclusively by the light of the sun and the stars, these primary sources of light.

Twelve abstract round images is a reference to astrological Natal charts. Circles and exquisite figures drawn by the sun on the water, are associated with circles of human life with its ups and futile existence, and the tracks of stars directed at them are their inevitable fateful influence; they are like arrows of Cupid and Thanatos,shot after us at the very beginning of our landing.

 

Print on gelatin-silver paper from two negatives - one with tracks of the stars and the moon, the other with tracks of the sun on the water; their combination symbolizes the archaic image of the merger of heaven and earth.

Photos are only four, like corners of the earth and seasons, but turning each of them thrice, right according to the number of months in each season, we get twelve - a reference to astrological Natal charts, indistinguishable among themselves for the unprepared viewer.

*At the exhibition, due to the black background and glass design, the viewer becomes clearly visible in the image and for a time becomes an integral part of it.

# 01, 2018

ø120 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 5

ø40 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 7

# 02, 2018

ø120 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 5

ø40 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 7

# 03, 2018

ø120 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 5

ø40 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 7

# 03, 2018

ø120 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 5

ø40 sm. Gelatin-Silver Print, Ed. of 7

Part Three,   Pasture of Bright Fishes. Manitou's Advent

Polyptych. Time of creating - Kalpa* "Shveta-Varakha”

The series refers to the black square of Kazimir Malevich. Photographically, it could have looked just like a piece of black, overexposed gelatin-silver photo paper...  Expanding the time range of our vision, we can suddenly find in it some different meanings and readings…

Seascapes unchanged for billions of years, captured on medium-format film interspersed with digital graphics. About the main, significant event of our generation - emergence of mobile Internet where one of the visual moves is to illustrate hypothetical similarity of the analog photo process (overexposed, light-burned negative) with digital data carrier.

Overabundance in informational -as well as material - sphere turns into a negative in the bright future. It’s in this analog photography that the positive corresponds to the negative and vice versa, while choice and measure create harmony.

Between the dark past and the bright future – black karmic, suprematist square, point, moment of the present, manifestation of the future invisible to contemporaries ... displayed by nobody or somebody …

*In “S. N. U. F. F.” novel by Victor Pelevin,  word Manitou is used in three meanings - spirit, monitor and money ...

*Another additional reading of typology is Kapla - unit of time measurement in Hinduism and Buddhism; the "day of Brahma" lasting, according to Bhagavata Purana, 4.32 billion years.

# 01, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 02, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 03, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 04, Black square

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 05, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 06, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print

# 07, 2018

Gelatin-Silver Print