The Other Shore is a media project that is in progress and which I have been working on for three years. It consists of photography, video based on the idea of slow-motion, performance, an accompanying soundtrack, and work with space and objects.
Ideally this would be experienced in a round exhibition space with several entrances (or one in the floor, as in a lighthouse), around 100 photographs hung in a particular order but without a concrete 'beginning' or 'end' to the exhibit. Each photograph is self-contained and expresses its own meaning, but in combination with the other images creates further ideas, as letters make up words.
For me photography is an exploration of tangible things, which I take from their place in nature and make into images with their own associations, just as functional speech lies adjacent to lyrical music in the palette of sound.
I try to examine the causal principles of my own view of the world and all the information pouring out of it. I am interested in looking for parallels in separate elements of various art forms. In effect, by doing this I am trying to feel my way towards some kind of visual ‘poetry’. I select details (metaphors) from the immense volume of information in the outside world, that might be able to create a cohesive narrative and explore some concept, yet every image is self-sufficient and harmonious in itself.
— Nikita Pirogov
Editor's note: New work can be seen at nikitapirogov.tumblr.com. Be sure to visit the artist's website to experience the project presented in an engaging manner, with shifts in scale, poetic juxtapositions, video and sound. www.nikitapirogov.org. I first met Pirogov during portfolio reviews in Vienna, Austria, in 2011. When I met him again at Portfolioreview Russia, in Moscow, his work had progressed to a whole new dimension. I think he's someone to watch.
We float high above peaceful moments of a romantic life when we view the work of young Franco-German photographers. This series was awarded a prestigious prize in Europe, the HSBC Prix pour la Photographie.
Improbable portraits of individuals in awkward moments, looking stunned or stoned, at once suspended outside of the moment and inertly trapped by it.
An intimate family album documents the freedoms of childhood among six siblings "at the edge of the world" in rural France.