The Stone Flower

Exhibition project

05.06 - 13.06.2012

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Curators: [Vitaly Patsyukov], [Vladislav Efimov]

Participants: Alla Afonina, Sofia Gavrilova, Galina Kamenskaya, Alexei Korsi, Nikita Shokhov, Sofia Tatarinova

Exhibition opening: June 4, 7 pm
Creative meeting, discussion: June 13, 7 pm

The Stone Flower (Kamennyi Tsvetok) exhibition of Vladislav Efimov’s architectural photography studio at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia establishes a dialogue between the students’ original works and the “photographic” nature of the All-Union Exhibition of National Economic Achievements (VDNKh). An ideal world, a grand model of the future was how the architects conceived the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition, which to some extent has preserved the perfection of its forms, despite perestroika and perpetual renaming, from VSKhV to VDNKh to the All-Russia Exhibition Center (VVTs). Soviet ideological design and classic traditions, symbols of peasant culture and grand architectural forms are united here in unique harmony transforming VDNKh into a complete, self-contained design – a visual and spatial textbook of forming.

Students and exhibitors of the Rodchenko School captured images of VDNKh in dozens of photos by opposing, or on the contrary, joining photos of their personal projects with the ideal image of the Exhibition.

The name of the exhibition is borrowed from the fountain that organizes the composition of the Exhibition’s central square.

The Stone Flower exhibition brings together the studio’s works, which were first presented at NCCA two years ago at the Lines of Communication (Puti Soobshcheniya) exhibition (2010).

Organizers: NCCA, Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia

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