Landscapes including people caught in the camera lens

Minsk’s City Art Gallery exhibits Belarusian Thought: photos by Igor Poshekhonov

By Marat Gorevoy

The exhibition showcases works shot by the master during his trips, alone and with a team, taken over the last three years. Tatiana Bembel, Director of the Art Gallery, notes, “Visitors to the exhibition will see and feel the country as if they’ve travelled its length and breadth. It isn’t a ‘touristy’ Belarus and not a positive myth about ourselves, modelled via photographic means into a parallel billboard reality.”

In April 2008, the gallery premiered Mr. Poshekhonov’s previous project: Reinforced Concrete. Matter of Memory. It was part of a major photographic investigation of Belarus’ cultural, historical and visual landscapes, shot over several years. Belarusian Thought naturally continues and develops the themes and methods of Reinforced Concrete. The latter looked at Soviet age monuments — abandoned and slowly dying; they had lost their conceptual meaning for thousands of provincial landscapes, but became an object of photographic sympathy from Igor Poshekhonov. His new project is about human beings, each measured against everyday Belarusian landscapes, caught on camera.

Mr. Poshekhonov — a professional photographer and a prize-winner of various international and national exhibitions — lives and works in Lida.

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