I decided to write a letter as if answering a question “how are you?”, but not out of politeness. Everytime, trying to answer the “how are you,really?”, becomes a failure, an attempt as senseless as an act of showing one’s family album photographs is. Seeing a flat piece of paper with forms, that look real, with people in it, smiling, posing, in different settings, time and place, with a person that tries to describe the preciousness of smiles, poses and people is always a failure, a misunderstanding, a polite smile “i see”. One can not truly understand the other because he has not lived the other’s life. One can only gaze into a piece of paper, devoid of meaning, of context, of experience and into the eye of someone else, thinking that somewhere, behind the skin and pupil, there is someone else. Alive and leaving a traces of being here.
I made a full circle of doubts and faced that question again. How are you, really ? My words and sentences collapse under the weight of endless and long attempts to describe something as abstract as experience. And i surrender, saying something that means nothing at all but refers to everything - “i’m fine, thank you.”
I decided to write a letter, but not with words. I decided that i will take a box, which will be my scene onto which i will put the people, the settings, the time, the place, the poses, the gestures, the moments. And then i will set them, ground them, make them act. I will write a spatial letter, within which everything is meant only to be seen. A container hermetically sealed, in which one can only gaze for a trace, that behind the flat pieces of paper with ink, there is someone else.
Alexey Vanushkin b.1988 , Novosibirsk, Russia. Education: 2004-2009 Novosibirsk State College of The Arts - Architecture and Design Faculty 2008-2010 Objective Reality Foundation - [OR]EDU documentary photography educational program 2010 Noor-Nikon Documentary Photography Workshop in Saint-Petersburg at the FotoDepartament Gallery - chosen as a participant through competition 2010 International Summer Workshop “Ways of Photography” in Saint-Petersburg at the FotoDepartament Gallery Exhibitions : 2010 solo show “Merry-Go-Round” at the FotoDepartament Gallery 2010 group multimedia show - International Innovation Youth Forum Interra 2010 , Novosibirsk 2010 group show - Advantage , curated by Nadezhda Sheremetova , at Metenkov’s House Gallery , Ekaterinburg, Russia Publications : 2010 book “Merry-Go-Round” - published via Blurb also publications in various magazines such as WirtschaftsWoche, SEANS and others. Awards : 2010 PhotographyBookNow - Merry-Go-Round book - 1st Runner Up in