Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Present The Exhibition

IGOR VERESHCHAGIN
NON-OBJECTIVE REALITY

15 February 2019 — 14 April 2019
Strategic partner: Tele 2
Curator: Olga Sviblova, Anna Zaitseva, Nina Levitina

As part of the XI Moscow International Biennale ‘Fashion and Style in Photography-2019’, the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents ‘Non-Objective Reality’, an exhibition by celebrated Russian photographer Igor Vereshchagin.

Igor Vereshchagin is 66 years old. Since taking his first snapshot at the age of 5 he has never put down the camera. Besides photography, Vereshchagin’s second passion is music. The Beatles, Rolling Stones and other famous rock groups of that time became his idols when he was still a child. After graduating from the Tomsk Institute of Radio Electronics and Electronic Technology, Igor Vereshchagin worked for several years at the Bratsk Aluminium Plant computing centre and then became head of its photo service. He produced thousands of negatives of everyday life. Later, in 1994, he relocated to Moscow, where he worked as a photographer, mainly taking pictures of musicians. He became exclusive photographer on all of Garik Sukachov’s films, shooting big-name stars such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Chuck Berry, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Annie Leibovitz, Boris Grebenshchikov, etc.

When the Rolling Stones visited Moscow in 1998, Igor Vereshchagin acted as the group’s official tour photographer. His photographs have featured in Russian and foreign publications, and on the record covers of many musicians, as well as decorating New York music clubs. Only in 2017 did the photographer have his first exhibition as part of the X Moscow International Biennale of Fashion and Style in Photography 2017, at the initiative of producer Sergey Smolin

Vereshchagin is a uniquely unassuming artist, an observer and photographer for more than 20 years. At an exhibition in the Moscow House of Photography (MAMM) showcasing the great Elliott Erwitt, Vereshchagin presented him with a visiting card that the legendary Magnum agency photographer had given to his father during his tour of the Soviet Union way back in the 60s. Vereshchagin had never shown his remarkable photographs in the museum and neither the director nor museum curators had seen them. Nonetheless, his ‘Given & Stolen’ exhibition in 2017, for which a superb book was published, was a resounding success.

As part of the XI Moscow International Biennale of Fashion and Style in Photography 2019, the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents Igor Vereshchagin’s new exhibition ‘Non-Objective Reality’, which includes his images related to music and, most importantly, the photographer’s work from the 1970s. This is a new chapter in the history of Russia in photographs, about a period which today, half a century later, we should re-evaluate. ‘Past in the Future’, ‘Future in the Past’ — this is an era that many are nostalgic about right now in Russia, although others see the period of stagnation as time stolen from their lives.

As well as photos from the 1970s, the exhibition includes recent works taken in the 2000s by Igor Vereshchagin, an outstanding photographer ‘with light breathing’, youthful drive and a fine sense of humour.


In January 2019 Amalgama Studios (CA)
began shooting the 6-episodes

LONG PLAY
MOVIE
The first episode release date is October 2019

photo by Oleg Puchkov

Director: Stephen Crisman aka Zemo,
Screenplay by: Smolin aka Smok, Zemo,
Director of photography: Sergey Kozlov,
Photographer: Igor Vereshchagin, Oleg Puchkov
Producers: — Amalgama Studios, Duncan Heath (ETG), Michael Cascio.
Featured long play people: Clint Eastwood, Tom Freston, Jerry Moss, Billy Gibbons,
Pierce Brosnan, Keanu Reeves, Pharrell Williams, etc


Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Present The Exhibition

UNIFYING ENERGY OF THE ATOM.
RUSSIA AND FRANCE

10 AUGUST 2017 — 10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Kursk NPP by Igor Vereshchagin

The Russian photographers were given a special task. Each was dispatched on an assignment to one of Russia’s strategic atomic energy stations — the Kursk, Rostov, Leningrad, Novovoronezh and Beloyarsk plants, in order to relate their stories to exhibition visitors. Igor Vereshchagin, Timofei Parshikov, Zhenya Mironov, Ivan Mikhailov and Dmitry Lukyanov have compiled projects very different in form yet equally powerful in content as their contribution to the Russian section of the exhibit.

Kursk NPP by Igor Vereshchagin

Igor Vereshchagin, who opened the biennale Fashion and Style in Photography 2017 and is recognised as a master of unstaged photo reports, tried his hand at shoots of industrial facilities while still retaining the vitality characteristic of his portraits, despite the severity and cyclopean dimensions of his new ‘heroes’.

Kursk NPP by Igor Vereshchagin


Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Present The Exhibition

GIVEN & STOLEN by IGOR Vereshchagin

11 MARCH 2017 — 16 APRIL 2017

As part of the 10th Moscow International Biennale ‘Fashion and Style in Photography 2017’ the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents projects from contemporary Russian photographers: ‘Given & Stolen’ by Igor Vereshchagin

Given.

There is a special magic in the moment when a photographer strikes a deal with his vis-à-vis, defining the miracle we call photography. In this case the frame becomes immersion itself, a joint effort, a dialogue. Someone gifts his or her image to a person with a camera, trusting that person, and taking part in his or her creative endeavor. But is there a precise word which defines something that originally belonged to the other and was taken without asking?

Stolen.

Consider a photograph taken without permission. A digitalized snapshot of a fleeting moment in someone else’s life with no beginning and no end. It could become an eternity, but we simply cannot stop and believe this fact in earnest. It becomes eternal nevertheless because there is nothing more endless yet immediate than the pure silence of a moment, even the shortest one. People, familiar or unfamiliar, stand in a lens’s focus… A camera hidden in the folds of a coat… The click of a shutter shot from the hip on a subway escalator, on a street, in a cafe, or… in the operating room of a field hospital… What here is most sincere? The given or the stolen?