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Andrey Tarkovsky. Bright Bright Day. Russian Edition£80.00
Andrey Tarkovsky. Bright Bright Day. Russian Edition. Polaroids by Andrey Tarkovsky. 1979-1984
Essay by Andrey Tarkovsky
Poems by Arseniy Tarkovsky
Translated by Kitty Hunter Blair
Introduction by Andrey A. Tarkvosky (Jr.)
Polaroids edited by Stephen Gill
Interview with Boris Groys
A Russian edition of the book was realised with kind support of Olga and Charles Thompson. English edition is out of print. English text can be found on www.brightbrightday.com
Antanas Sutkus. People of Lithuania£50.00
Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Norilsk£10.42
Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Norilsk. Published by White Space Gallery, London UK. In English and Russian, first edition of 1000. Softback, 70 pages. ISBN: 978-1-9999442-0-9. Printed in Netherlands. Photographs: Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Essay: Andreas Petrossiants. Translated into Russian by Natalia Rubinstein
In a memorable image from Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (1961), Lidia stands at the corner of a building, framed by the developing outskirts of Milan during the miracolo economico. As seemingly stagnant contemporary ‘ruins’ decay around her, they simultaneously continue to expand with Milan’s economic development. We are reminded of Walter Benjamin’s writing on ruins: ‘In decay, sorely and alone in decay, historical occurrence shrivels up and disappears into the setting.’ This collapse of history into setting is captured in the photographs by Grigoriy Yaroshenko contained in this book. The pictures take the Russian city of Norilsk as their protagonist—somewhat analogous to Antonioni’s portrayal of Lidia. The city’s collective memory includes traumas that are inscribed into its ruins: composed of massive and expansive housing blocks, seemingly infinite mines, quarries, and factories, and a permafrost extending towards the horizon in every direction. It was founded as a site for forced labour, constituting the centre of the Norillag system of GULAG labour camps, with 72,500 inmates at its peak in 1951. Looking to Yaroshenko’s series, as the past and present can not be separated from one another – the former informs the latter, and the latter contains the former’s mark, rhythm, and material/immaterial ruins. Yaroshenko’s wandering eye has captured how a city can emerge from darkness in more ways than one, and can carve out a present without forsaking its history in the process.
Horizons. Timur Novikov & Joseph Brodsky£10.00
This new publication from White Space Gallery
features unpublished dialogue between leading figure of the St Petersburg underground art scene, Timur Novikov, and eminent Russian poet and Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky.
RIMALDAS VIKSRAITIS. GRIMACES OF THE WEARY VILLAGE£30.00
Slightly insane and wonderfully surreal Rimaldas Viksraitis’s images of abandonment in deepest rural Lithuania mix reportage and voyeurism to surreal and disturbing effect. His studies of drunkenness and dereliction are depressing but also display a strange beauty: a farmer bends over a dead pig with a blowtorch, a chicken perched on his back; a young girl stares out of a window over the decapitated head of a goat; and, a drunk bites the ear of another drunk who is biting the ear of a pig’s head on a plate. This book is a beautifully printed testament to Viksraitiss strange, frightening and darkly humorous world.