Photo exhibition: "We. Photographs from Russia 1996–2017" | Afisha London

Photo exhibition: “We. Photographs from Russia 1996–2017”

Photo exhibition: “We. Photographs from Russia 1996–2017”

19 March - 30 May11 : 00 AM

Update: Postponed

Pushkin House invites to join the exhibition by John Peter Askew. He is an artist who works with the camera to create dense, poetic images of everyday life and of the historical forces that shape who we are. For more than twenty years he regularly visited the Russian city of Perm, the easternmost city in Europe, and photographed the life of one family – the Chulakovs. This extraordinary body of work, drawn from an archive of nearly 20,000 negatives, transcends its subject matter and transforms the quotidian into the sublime. These photographs ask us to imagine the possibility of a better, more playful world and point towards who we might yet become. In Askew’s lens simple domestic scenes such as family meals, walks, or children playing – become striking images revealing the beauty of a world not involved in the fetishisation of consumption in a capitalist society.

In 2019 these photographs were published as a 384-page book, We. In the introductory essay Alistair Robinson writes ‘Here, art returns to its true role as a space of the intellectual and affective ‘commons’ in which ideas and experiences can be shared’. The exhibition at Pushkin House in London, designed by the artist in response to the architecture of the building, shows photographs from the book – and adds to their number and depth with a slideshow and newly printed photographs.

Exhibition opening 18th march 6.30pm

Opening times
Thu, Fri – 11am to 5pm
Sat – 1pm to 5pm

Free admission

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