15.01 - 15.03. 2015

Through a selection of works from different time-periods and mediums (photography, collage and cinema), PROzavod explores the evolution of the industrial imagery in Russia between avant-garde of the 1920s and present day. The exhibition features vintage photographs from the collection of The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, modern prints, audio and video compositions and publications.

Arkadiy Shaikhet. Komsomolets at the helm of the paper machine. Balakhna, 1929

There is an avid interest toward industrial aesthetics all over the world that appears in various disciplinary researches (sociology, design, urban studies) and in art practices in the exhibition halls. Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs of the industrial architecture in Europe have long become classics. David Lynch’s recent exhibition The Factory Photographs and Edward Burtynsky’s Burtynsky: OIL, both of which are on display at the famous The Photographers` Gallery in London are consistent with the interest to the topic, which we share as well.

In Russian art and media history, the image and concept of factories has gone through a profound transformation from a propaganda poster of the 1920s through the pages of a popular magazine USSR in Construction to the gallery-type art projects and multimedia installations of the 2000s, which affected the exhibition structure and design. The exposition features various genres and styles of photographic works: those of the soviet classics (B.Ignatovich, M.Alpert,Y. Khalip, M. Markov-Grinberg, etc), independent documentary photographers of the 1970s–80s (V.Sokolaev, V.Grashchenkov, V.Zharov), young contemporary artists (M.Rozanov, D.Tarasov, A.Sorin, etc), and also avant-garde cinema (S.Eisenshtein, Dz.Vertov) and contemporary documentarist (S.loznitsa).

The exhibition allows viewers to observe the emergence and transformation of industrial aesthetics, its transition from utilitarian into culture forming or from shock working to decadence. On top of that, PROzavod is an opportunity to relate the history of Russian photography, to show how economic and social changes brought about visual culture shifts, to trace the way the photographers’ approach to the industrial topic evolved.

As part of the exhibition the Center held a special project of the artist and musician Sergey Ponomarev (aka Purba) Ruins of the Future. This is an installation with six projections and unique sound, creating the effect of a mystic presence inside a ruinous ZIL factory shop.