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.
These meticulously constructed, uncanny interiors reflect on the anxieties of our modern lives as revealed in our most private spaces: our homes.
Camera reality is different from what we see with our eyes — so why not push that kind of vision even further to imagine what it might be like to live on a distant Earth-like planets aglow with wildly different colors than we experience here?
A delightful, very short video, of music "composed" by a photograph of birds sitting on wires. Video and music by Jarbas Agnelli. Photographs by Paulo Pinto.