Circulation(s) in Paris

September 2021
In mid-September it's still sunny in Paris and you can go for long walks in the autumn city. On one of such days, we went to a modern festival Circulation(s) at famous cultural centre 104 Centrquatre.
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We would like to say a few words about the place. Located in the 19th arrondissement, this art space is a platform for promoting artists, dancers and art creators of all kinds and it also gives the visitors the chance to try themselves at some form of contemporary art.

Centauqtre-PARIS is a mix of everything: dance, juggling, sport, singing, children's area, galleries for photographers and much more, it is impossible to get bored there! Amateur and professional artists, spectators, breakdancers or tango dancers, and passers-by all make this space a permanent show :)

About the festival Circulation(s).

In order to get to the photo festival, you have to walk through the dancers' area. This year's photo exhibition was particularly exciting for us, as there were many Russian photographers represented.

Many series about Russia were presented, including those made by foreign photographers. Apparently, the West has a great interest in Russian art in general, and new names in photography in particular!
So it is definitely worth submitting your applications for foreign photo exhibitions. We will write more about what interesting platforms there are for promoting your photo projects in the next blogs.
Arnold Veber
Photographer, Moscow
Arnold Veber, a graduate of Igor Mukhin's studio, has already made several solo exhibitions, including at the Moscow MAMM and is now showing his work in Paris. His series of black and white photographs, "Last night I'm done", has caught the attention of bourgeois Europeans.
"I think when I photograph young people I look back at myself, trying to find answers to what I want, whether I understand what I want, what interests me, whether everyday life, insecurities, the unstable city pressures me, the emptiness everyone is running away from or trying to fill up."
Vyacheslav Polyakov
Photographer, Lviv
Vyacheslav Polyakov presented a striking series "Lviv - God's Will", in which he documents the naive visual culture of Ukrainians.
"I document a naive subculture of public space that has emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Its characteristic feature is the absence of a conscious author. Our cities are filled with objects created at random - often through layering, where each new author ignores the ideas of the previous one. Erosion, stray dogs and wild vegetation, money laundering and sheer stupidity all add up to unique forms that I work with. No one is responsible for them - 'it's all God's will'."
Olga Vorobyeva
Photographer, Crimea
Olga Vorobieva created a reflection project in Crimea "Girl who used to be" about what kind of girl she would be if she had stayed in her homeland and never moved to Moscow.
"Girl who used to be" is my graduation project and I filmed it in the Crimean village where I was born. I spent my childhood and youth surrounded by women. After leaving my hometown, I started comparing myself to these women, imagining who I would have been if I stayed there. It's a reflection on how the province shapes girls' dreams and desires when their femininity and ambition diverge."
Coll Tomeu
Coll Tomeu captured a winter series "Nevermind sovietland" in Vorkuta. It's pretty funny to look at Russia through the eyes of a foreign photographer. The clichés never die :)
"In this very isolated corner of the world, friendship and warmth are the most precious possessions," - shares the photographer.
Frank Herfort
Photographer, Moscow
Living in Moscow and Berlin, Frank Herfort has been taking photos of various public spaces throughout Russia and in post-Soviet countries for over a decade. As a result, we've got the "Russian Fairy Tales" series.
"In Western Europe everything is so clearly defined, so certain. A waiting room is a waiting room, an office is an office. In Russia, by contrast, spaces are open to interpretation, they are multi-layered. And I also noticed people who, at first glance, don't seem to know what they are doing there. I have tried to integrate such characters in my photographs,"- the German photographer says about his work.
Indeed, there were many interesting photographers at the festival and projects of Russia and CIS countries were a leitmotif of the festival this year.
Author Anna Laza
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