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8 march 2013 — 22 march 2014

Valery Katsuba

VALERY KATSUBA

I was born in the village of Sergeyevichi in 1965. At that time the village was in the Soviet Union - now it is in the Republic of Belarus. Space flight was already under way, and my father liked it when my mother put on high-heeled shoes and styled her hair into a "babetta" for village festivals.

My father and elder brother taught me how to work, while my mother and younger brother indulged my penchant for the arts and sciences. At school I was friendly with the history teachers Galina Drozd and Natalia Demidova. On dark winter evenings Galina would often tell me about her sailor nephew's voyages around the world. When I left school at 16, I went to study at the Admiral Makarov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad).

I graduated from the Academy with distinction, thanks to Professor Vladlen Adamenko, but I did not spend much time at sea. I met the writers Sergey Kalinin and Catherine Phillips, and began to write myself, with encouragement from the artist Bella Matveyeva.

Just before the year 2000 I became interested in old photography. My new friends, the wonderful stylist Katharina Flohr and the well-respected photographer Neil Kirk, realised the seriousness of my intentions and said "You should take pictures yourself!". I started doing just that. And my first experiments were supported by Olga Sviblova at the Moscow House of Photography and Carine Roitfeld.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The State Russian Museum | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art | Moscow, Russia

Contemporary Art Museum “2 de Mayo” | Madrid, Spain

Korea Print Photography Promocion Association | Seoul, Korea

Moscow House of Photography | Moscow, Russia

French National Association of Contemporary Art | Paris, France

Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents | St Petersburg, Russia

New Academy of Fine Arts | Saint Petersburg, Russia

ART FAIRS & FESTIVALS

2013 Art Palm Beach I Miami

2012 AHAF International Art Fair| Anna Nova Gallery | Hong Kong

2011 VI Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art | Tashkent, Uzbekistan

2011 Korea International Art Fair | Anna Nova Gallery | Seoul, South Korea

2009 Moscow International Photo Biennale | Na Solyanke Gallery | Moscow, Russia

2007 Art Moscow| Central House of Artists | Moscow, Russia

2007 Moscow International Photo Biennale | Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art | Moscow, Russia

2005 Moscow International Photo Biennale | Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art | Moscow, Russia

2002 Moscow International Photo Biennale | Central House of Artists | Moscow, Russia

2000 Moscow International Photo Biennale | Central House of Artists | Moscow, Russia

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2012 Air Flight. Body Shock | Sputnik Gallery | New York, USA

2012 ArtIsArtIsArt | Museum of Contemporary Art | Moscow, Russia

2011 Nijinsky and the Diamonds | Anna Nova Gallery | St. Petersburg, Russia

2011 Albatross | National History Museum | Moscow, Russia

2011 Air Flight. Body Shock | Polka Gallery | Paris, France

2011 Nijinsky and the Diamonds | Royal Academy of Arts | London, England

2011 Versus | Sputnik Gallery | New York, USA

2010 Air Flight. Body Shock | GMG Gallery | Moscow, Russia

2010 Sport | State Russian Museum | St. Petersburg, Russia

2009 Art About Art | State Russian Museum | St. Petersburg, Russia

2007 Metamorphoses of the Monarch | State Russian Museum | St. Petersburg, Russia

2006 Phiscultura | Circulo de Bellas Artes | Madrid, Spain

2006 Metamorphoses of the Monarch | Kremlin Museum | Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

2005 Metamorphoses of the Monarch | Vladimir Nabokov Museum | St. Petersburg, Russia

2001 Every Passion is Blind | XL Gallery | Moscow, Russia

2000 Christmas Skating, St. Petersburg | Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Palace | St. Petersburg, Russia

BOOKS

2007 Phiscultura | Valery Katsuba | Turner Publishing