Nelli Palom&auml;ki - Sons of Nakhimov9. Nov - 21. Dec 12 / ended The Wapping Project Bankside
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Nelli Palom&auml;ki - Sons of Nakhimov
The Wapping Project Bankside is delighted to exhibit Finnish artist Nelli Palom&auml;ki's latest series Sons of Nakhimov (2011-2012) for the first time in the UK.
Sons of Nakhimov is a series of large scale, black &amp; white portraits of young pupils from the Nakhimov Naval Academy, a Russian military school in St Petersburg. In this body of work, which addresses the tradition of classic, black and white photographic portraiture, Palom&auml;ki depicts a group of teenage boys, whose appearance and demeanour hardly belong to this century. The timeless atmosphere of the boarding school,
its rigorous discipline, the comradeship between pupils and the loneliness of some are captured in this quietly eloquent series, which raises questions about identity and coming of age.
Recalling the work of Diane Arbus, each portrait digs up the soul of the sitter and explores the dialogue between artist and subject, as Palom&auml;ki’s models display an awareness of their implication in the photographic process. The resulting photographs are indeed portraits of the artist too: “What I decide to see, how I confront the things that I see, inevitably determines the final image. But more than that, the intensity of the moment shared with the subject, controls the portrait. As we stand there, with our grave faces, breathing the same heavy air; never so aware of each other’s details”.
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