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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. 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
Dmitry Konradt. State and Time£30.00
Dmitry Konradt trained as a geologist and went on to become one of St Petersburg’s most famous photographers. After his celebrated black and white images of performers on and off stage at the legendary Leningrad Rock Club, he switched to cityscapes and began working in colour in the 1990s. State and Time contains 59 colour and 25 duotone plates, featuring many Dmitry Konradt’s iconic images of Russian underground rock bands, such as Aquarium, Kino, Aukzion. Text by London art critic Alexander Kan and St Petersburg historian Lev Lurie.
Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Norilsk£12.50
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
The pictures take the Russian city of Norilsk as their protagonist. 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.
RIMALDAS VIKSRAITIS. GRIMACES OF THE WEARY VILLAGE. 2012. Paperback/English, 120 pages, 50 illustrations. By Rimaldas Viksraitis, images selected by Martin ParrSlightly 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.
Rustam Khalfin. Seeing Through the Artist’s Hand£14.99
Khalfin, a Tatar, born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), began his professional life during the stagnant Soviet era, graduating in 1972 from the Moscow Architecture Institute. In the 1980s, while residing in St Petersburg, he became involved with the circle surrounding Vladimir Sterligov – a close associate of Kasimir Malevich. It was then that Khalfin was first exposed to the richness of the Russian Avant-garde, a point of departure for his own painting. Shortly thereafter, in partnership with his wife Lydia, he began to pioneer performance art in Kazakhstan. From then Khalfin had ceaselessly experimented with a variety of media, also including painting, sculpture, installation, and video.
Timur Novikov & Joseph Brodsky. Horizons£10.00
Horizons 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. Their meeting in Amsterdam in 1993 (on the occasion of Novikov’s retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum) resulted in a fascinating and erudite exchange, reflecting a reciprocal network of cultural and autobiographical references to St Petersburg as a city “on the edge” – an intersection where Western and Eastern cultural traditions met. The book pairs poems by Joseph Brodsky with textiles and silkscreens by Timur Novikov. Edited by Dominik Czechowski, curator of the Horizons exhibition.