Date
Thursday 13 March 2014 - 00:00 to Sunday 08 June 2014 - 00:00
Location
Moscow, Multimedia Art Museum

This February, Photobiennale 2014, the 10th Moscow International Photography Month, opens its doors to the public.From February to 8 June, six venues will host nineteen shows. In addition to the main exposition at the Multimedia Art Museum on Ostozhenka St., exhibitions will be on display in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Ermolaevsky Lane, Manege’s Central Exhibition Hall, the Moscow State Exhibition Hall of the New Manege, the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation and in Zurab Tsereteli’s Art Gallery.

«Britain in Focus» is a major theme of Photobiennale 2014. The celebration of the UK-Russia Year of Culture contributed to the organisers’ choice, as well as the fact that images of Britain and British photography itself are a great illustration of world photography in its essence.

The first exhibition in the Photobiennale 2014 series was the Tate Gallery’s «Another London» at MAMM. The exhibition explored London though the eyes of a foreigner, presenting works by Jacques Henri Lartigue, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck, Robert Frank, Dora Maar, Emil Hoppe, Elliott Erwitt, Bill Brandt, Irving Penn, Marc Riboud and Wolfgang Suschitzky.

The theme of Britain and British photography will be explored in the following five exhibitions running until June 2014.

LANDSCAPE STUDIES OF A SMALL ISLAND BY SIMON ROBERTS

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Ostozhenka St., 16
25 April — 25 May

Simon Roberts graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in Human Geography from The University of Sheffield followed by a Distinction in Photography from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Roberts forged a career after receiving a Sunday Times Magazine scholarship for young photographers in1998. Roberts has worked with TIME, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Esquire, GQ Japan and Russian Vogue. In 2013 Roberts was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

His exhibition, Landscape studies of a small island gathers together some of the photographer’s landmark projects: Motherland, We English, The Election Project, Pierdom and others. Motherland is a photographic portrait of Russia that resulted from Robert’s trip across the country from Murmansk to Vladivostok. In We English Roberts focused on capturing his compatriots while travelling throughout England. After that Roberts was commissioned to produce the Election series as the official Election Artist during campaigning activity around the country in the run-up to the 2010 General Election. The photographer’s last series Pierdom bring us back to the British coastline. Shabby, unsteady, mostly abandoned piers, stubbornly resistant to sea and sand, symbolize for the photographer the changeability of the contemporary

«NIGHT PORTER» BY CHRIS SHAW

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Ostozhenka St., 16
25 April — 8 June

Chris Shaw is a star of contemporary British photography. Shaw rose to fame after the 2005 release of his book «Life as a Night Porter». Leading critics heralded him the pioneer of a new genre and the Tate has acquired Shaw’s prints for their permanent collection.

«Life as a Night Porter» began in 1993, when Chris Shaw started working as a night porter to earn a living. The job was exhausting. Twelve hour shifts, sometimes not in the most prestigious London hotels, were a challenge for the photographer. As an art school graduate, Shaw began taking pictures to keep himself awake. «Photography saved me and since became my vocation» — the author confesses.

«Night Porter» is a decade-long diary of the photographer. Like a true diary it bears the imprint of the author’s personality. Stains, notes, rough edges and ironic comments scrawled on black and white photographs add the physical presence of the author. Chris mentions that chance, errors and other factors such as tiredness and a lack of time and money had a crucial influence on his style.

Apart from photographs taken while working as a night porter, the exhibition also includes pictures taken in hotels where Chris stayed as a guest in New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Arles, Liverpool and other cities.

ENGLAND, MY ENGLAND BY CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Ostozhenka St., 16
13 March — 20 April

Chris Steele-Perkins is a British photographer and a member of the legendary Magnum Photos. With his camera, he has been capturing life in Britain and its people since 1970 s. In 1971 he moved from Newcastle to London. In 1975 he joined the EXIT Photography Group and started his careful examination of urban problems in Britain.

«The Teds», Steele-Perkins’s solo book documenting the lives of the 1970 s Teddy Boys in London, is said to have brought the photographer his greatest fame. Steele-Perkins spent forty years of his career traveling the world as a photojournalist. He has worked everywhere from Africa to Afghanistan and Japan, however he never lost interest in his home country as a source of inspiration. As he says, his view evolved step by step as he tried to understand his homeland, the country he was part of. Steele-Perkins is conducting his own anthropological research using the medium of photography. Varied storylines in his works reflect country life in Durham, daily routine at St Thomas’ hospital, inner city racial conflict and the often challenging lives of carers and the cared for.

Steele-Perkins produces a unique mosaic of what he thinks makes England truly English. The themes that fascinate him have always fascinated English artists: the absurd, humour, violence and loneliness, family life and identity problems, both tragedy and comedy are revealed, with a heavier emphasis on comedy.

These photographs are a personal selection of the best and most important images that Chris Steele-Perkins has taken over his career in Britain. The exhibition tells a sincere and very intimate story of one quirky yet unique and beautiful country and its people.

LAND OF MY FATHER BY DAVID HURN

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Ostozhenka St.,16
13 March — 20 April

David Hurn is a leading figure in British reportage photography. He began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. At 22, he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Eleven years later, he became a full member of the legendary Magnum in 1967. In 1973 he set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales. Since then, he has been lecturing and running workshops all over the world.

Hurn was born in 1934 in England to a Welsh father. His Welsh descent has always been of key importance to the photographer, which he reflected in his art. Wales, one of the four countries of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for a long time remained the main character of his works.

David Hurn spent over twenty years photographing and documenting the country. «Land Of My Father» explores the memory of old Wales forever fading away. During the last decades of the twentieth century, Wales has experienced a remarkable transformation and has undergone dramatic changes.From a country with an economy, culture, and landscape dominated by agriculture and the heavy industries of coal, slate and steel, Wales has become a place where the mills, mines, and quarries are closed. Some of them were reinvented as tourist attractions. In 1974 Hurn was taking pictures at the Shotton Steel Works, in 1997 it was only the life of National Coal Museum that was left to document. New high-tech computer-based businesses and tourism replaced the old industries, bringing with them a new lifestyle of fast food, film, television, and the Internet.Hurn’s keen observation of this metamorphosis in Wales makes his photo chronicle truly unique.