Alexey Titarenko: Art et la Manière
South Wing, Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA
Nailya Alexander Gallery and Photo London are pleased to present a special screening of Alexey Titarenko: Art et la Manière, a documentary by Rebecca Houzel about Russian-born photographer Alexey Titarenko, produced by Image & Compagnie for the French-German TV network ARTE.
Alexey Titarenko: Art et la Manière provides an intimate look at Titarenko at work in his native city of St. Petersburg, where he created his first major photographic series in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union. The filmmakers follow Titarenko as he walks through the city of his birth, camera in hand, speaking freely about his life and work, the history of his country, and the influence of figures like Dmitri Shostakovich and Marcel Proust on his development as an artist. Titarenko points out the locations of some of his most famous photographs and invites the viewer into his darkroom, where he demonstrates his unique techniques as a printmaker. “His photographs are entirely atemporal, outside of time, and, thus, unexpected,” explains curator and art historian Gabriel Bauret, interviewed in the film. “He captivates many, many people, because, I think, of this mysterious aspect of his work…He is definitely this city’s photographer.”
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Titarenko and Jim Casper, director of LensCulture.
At 5.15 pm, following the Q&A, Titarenko will be signing copies of his new monograph, The City is a Novel, published by Damiani editore and recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of their best photobooks of 2015. The signing will take place in Fernandez & Wells in the East Wing of Somerset House.
Ticket information to be announced.