Over the recent years, the format of the photobook, which enjoyed several waves of popularity abroad, has become for the Russian artists an advanced photographic practice, experimental site and instrument of promotion of their work among international audience. Russian photographers’ books are now regularly short-listed in major contests and awards, and spark steady interest of the experts in the field at the European fairs.
New Spread exhibition is an attempt to explore the modern Russian photobook landscape and its heterogeneous structure. From simple and small photo zines to experimental and conceptual statements about the nature of photography and time, from small-circulation projects released independently to major publishing house solutions, from book dummies with threads sticking out of the cover to graceful objets d'art, from direct chronicles of public events to personal diaries with nonlinear narrative — the exposition at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography is designed to be an overview of the field, and at the same time it is a search for methods to display photobook to a wider audience.
The exhibition will be divided into several blocks, each uniting publications by their form and content. The participants of the New Spread are Yulia Borissova, Artur Bondar, Yana Romanova, Natalia Baluta, Yelena Kholkina, Alla Mirovskaya, Peter Antonov, Alyona Zhandarova, Yekaterina Anokhina, Irina Popova, Ikiru Kuwajima, Treemedia publishing house, Sreda creative laboratory, Photographica Academy and many others.
Anastasia Bogomolova is an artist working with photography, installations and performance; photobooks researcher and collector, editor of the blog «This is a photobook», author of the video course «Photobook: back to the roots of the medium»;. Works both as an independent curator and as curator of Metenkov's House museum in Yekaterinburg. Lives and works in the Urals.
The exhibition will be presented in the Small Hall of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography from May 12 to June 18, 2017.