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8 марта 2013 — 22 марта 2014

Valery Katsuba

ArtMost Gallery announces its new exhibition "Velocius, altius, fortus" presenting work by

contemporary Russian photographer Valery Katsuba. The show features images from Valery’s

acclaimed series "Phiscultura" (1998-2008) and "Air Flight" (2010), as well as his new work.

“Phiscultura" and "Air Flight" came to life as a result of Valery’s research in the State

Archives where he discovered images of athletes in sporting societies of the late Imperial Russia

made by the prominent photographer of that time Karl Bulla, as well as heroic portraiture of athletes

in the Soviet era.

Fascinated by the vintage pictures, Katsuba embarked on his own Iliade of exploring the

power of body and the power of mind. Perfect shapes of Greek gods and goddess have remained

the ideal model throughout the centuries, but is there room for heroism in the modern world? The

artist studied the fearness of those who defy gravitation and overturn our understanding of what a

human body is capable of: he watched the routine heroism of ballet dancers and trapeze flyers who

fight every day with despair, weakness and pain, and captured it in his celebrated photographs. The

result of his explorations are the images fueled with mythological beauty and classical elegance.

Unattainable, yet real, playful, but resolute - the heroes of Valery Katsuba’s photographs strike us

with the dignity of their appearance as of classical sculpture recreated in flesh.

Valery Katsuba was born in a small village in Belarus in the late 1960s - the time of humanity

conquering the space. He graduated from the Naval Academy in St. Petersburg but didn’t spend

much time at sea. Encouraged by his friends writers, he made his first attempts in literature. Just

before the year 2000 Valery became interested in vintage photography, and soon started

experimenting with photography himself recreating the 19th century and Soviet imagery. He

embarked on his acclaimed “Phiscultura” series with support of Olga Sviblova, the director of

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.