Cosmoscow 2021

Lumiere Gallery will present five contemporary photographers from different countries at Cosmoscow 2021

18.09. — 20.09.2021
COSMOSCOW, Moscow Manege
Lumiere Gallery Stand
: C2

From September 18 to 20, Lumiere Gallery will participate in the COSMOSCOW international art fair, presenting the work of five contemporary photographers from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. For the first time in Russia, the Gallery will display the works of Canadian photographer Alice Zilberberg with portraits of exotic birds from the series Meditations, and also dramatic still lifes with bouquets of tulips in vanitas aesthetics by Anna Halm Schudel (Switzerland). The Gallery’s exhibition at Cosmoscow will also include surrealist works by the American art photographer Rob Woodcox (USA), conceptual architectural photography by Paul Brouns (Netherlands), and Flying Houses filled with numerous cultural references by Laurent Chéhère (France). The main objective of Lumiere Gallery’s stand at Cosmoscow is to show the wide range of current topics of interest to contemporary artists and also to reflect the unique style and skill of each photographer.

Lumiere Gallery will present, for the first time in Moscow, Alice Zilberberg’s series of photographs entitled Meditations, dedicated to the theme of reuniting with nature, as a means of restoring harmony and tranquility in the modern world. Zilberberg is a young award-winning photographer (International Photography Awards, Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and Fine Art Photography Awards) recognized by curators and collectors worldwide. She was born in Tallinn, Estonia and currently lives in Toronto, Canada. In 2013, she became the youngest photographer to take part in a Waddington’s art auction. Alice Zilberberg began her artistic practice with painting: the painterly style is in many ways inherent in her photographic work. Using a unique technique, the final composition is achieved by manipulating multiple images and digital painting.

Anna Halm Schudel (born 1945) is a freelance photographer who lives and works in Zurich. For five years, she worked as an assistant to the legendary Swiss photographer René Groebli. For 25 years, Anna has been developing a traditional flower motif in her work. Using photography, she reveals all the beauty of plant life, combining decorative grandeur with the main message of the vanitas genre: memento mori. The process of aging, withering and drying is an integral part of Anna Halm Schudel’s work, which is reflected in her depiction of flowers — from fresh plants full of colour to dramatic “dying” buds.

The Gallery’s exhibition at Cosmoscow will also feature works by Rob Woodcox and Laurent Chéhère, familiar to visitors from exhibitions at the Center for Photography. The relevance of the topics and a unique concept, together with photographic skill have made it possible to hold a number of successful Laurent Chéhère and Rob Woodcox exhibitions in Moscow. The interest in and popularity of these photographers is confirmed by feedback from viewers and Russian collectors. The works of American photographer Rob Woodcox are dedicated to the interaction between humans and nature, ecology and cultural diversity. His unique method is distinguished by working with professional ballet dancers, expeditions and outdoor shoots. In his works, French photographer Laurent Chéhère reveals the multi-layered cultural codes in Paris’ urban space, and also a reflection on modern society. His photographic collages stand out with their detailed and well-thought-out compositions: Chehere’s works are composed of the finest details of shots of real objects in the city.

Lumiere Gallery’s stand will also feature works by the Dutch artist Paul Brouns, which he calls “the music of architecture”. Works from the Urban Tapestries series are inspired by Dutch urban architecture and at the same time are examples of abstract art. In abstraction, Brouns sees an important parallel with instrumental music. People often want to describe his works in terms of rhythm, composition, texture, scale and colour, which are also used to characterize instrumental musical works, and in the case of Broun’s works — the rhythm of the city. Carefully thought-out compositions with recognizable parts of buildings — windows, railings and stairs — reveal to the viewer a new, graphical dimension of the familiar urban space.

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