Vernissage: 19.01.2012, 7 pm
Exhibition: 20.01. – 25.02.2012
pavlov’s dog | space for photography | Bergstrasse 19 | 10115 Berlin

Press release:

“Each photo must have an underlying, strong emotion,” says photographer Sergey Chilikov about the way he works. Whether it is images of naked women at the beach or elderly Russian women in their poor dwellings: It is the strong emotionality that binds all his works together.

Since the mid seventies Sergey Chilikov – who holds a PHD in philosophy – has been searching for the secrets of the Russian soul with his camera. In the far away province of Mari El, in which he lives, he has pointed his lens at the life of ordinary people and has developed a distinct aesthetic language that is far from any romantic view of country life. Locals pose in their villages simultaneously revealing and accentuating the austere surroundings. Chilikov’s Russia is a land unaltered by the drastic collapse of the Soviet Union and populated by characters that cross the line from the traditional to the sensual.

The exhibition at pavlov’s dog shows selected works from Chilikov’s steadily growing body of work of the past 30 years.

The German catalogue with his works has been published at Benteli publishing house. The exhibition was organised in cooperation with Grinberg Gallery, Moscow and Schilt Publishing.

Photograph © Sergey Chilikov | From the Kolorizm cycle, Alatyr, 1995 С-print, 35×35 7 + 2 А.Р.

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