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Photographs and interview with the Russian photographer

Russian photographer Alexey Titarenko found his artistic voice at an early age in Saint Petersburg, where he grew up during the transition from Soviet rule to a more "Western" type of government and popular consumption. On recent visits to Cuba, he re-discovered the feelings he had in the waning days of the Soviet era.
About Alexey Titarenko

ALEXEY TITARENKO

1962 Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia
1977-1978 Studied photojournalism and photography at the Public University of Society-Related Professions, Leningrad
1978 Become member of “Zerkalo” (Mirror) photoclub
1983 Received Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Cinematic and Photographic Art at the Leningrad Institute of Culture, specializing in photography with final year Thesis: "French 19th Century Photography"
1989 Joined Ligovka group of photographers and organized the Ligovka-99 Exhibition space

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2012
"New York: Stieglitz to Titarenko", Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
"Alexey Titarenko", C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

2011
Havana 2003-2006 in the framework of "A REVOLUTIONARY PROJECT: CUBA FROM WALKER EVANS TO NOW," The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
"Alexey Titarenko: Emotions", AD Gallery, Genolier, Swizerland
"Alexey Titarenko: Photographs 1986 - 2010", Lodz International Fotofest. Atlas Sztuki Gallery. Lodz Poland

2010
"Saint-Petersburg - Révélations Tardives", Camera Obscura gallery, Paris, France
"LA CITE DES OMBRES ET AUTRES MONDES", Promenades Photographiques' International Festival, Museum of the City of Vendome, Vendome, France
"Alexey Titarenko: Petersburg In Black & White, Late Revelations", Moscow International Photobiennale, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow, Russia
"Saint Petersburg In Four Mouvements", Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY

2009
"Soviet Nostalgia: Images From A Forgotten Era", Blue Square Gallery, Paris, France

2008
"Unfulfilled Time," Curated by Gabriel Bauret, Thessaloniki Photo Biennale, Greece
"Alexey Titarenko: Venice," Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York

2007
"Alexey Titarenko. Photographs" ‘Na Solyanke’ Gallery. Moscow, Russia
"Havana Sketches", Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
"City of Shadows", Sirius Art Center, Cork, Ireland

2006
"Northern Light: Pentti Sammalahtti-Alexey Titarenko", Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
"Saint Petersburg – Shadows into Light", Wall space, Seattle, USA

2005
"Alexey Titarenko", Artotheque, Vitre, France
"Sogni di Luce", Galleria Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy

2004
Retrospective Exhibition ALEXEY TITARENKO, Centre Culturel Andre Malraux, Nancy, France
"Alexey Titarenko", St. Die, France
"Alexey Titarenko", White Square Gallery, Moscow, Russia
"Alexey Titarenko: Time Standing Still", Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
"Alexey Titarneko: Venice - Paris", Apex Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles
"St. Petersburg: City of Water and City of Shadows", FotoFest, Houston, TX

2003
"City of Shadows: Photographs of Petersburg by Alexey Titarenko", Middelbury College Museum of Art, Middelbury, Vermont
"Alexey Titarenko: St. Petersburg", Candace Perich Gallery, Katonnah, NY
"Four Movements of St. Petersburg", SpazioFoto Credito Artigiano, Florence, Italy
"Alexey Titarenko: Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg", Grimaldis Gallery, in the framework of “Vivat! St. Petersburg Festival", Baltimore, MD
"Saint Petersbourg: La cite des ombres", Camera Obscura Gallery, Paris, France

2002
"City of Shadows", Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
"Alexey Titarenko: Four Movements of St. Petersburg", Reattu Museum, Arles International Photography Festival, France
"Time Regained: Fragments from St. Petersburg series", Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia

2001
"City of Shadows", International Art Biennial, Apex Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2000
"Le temps inachevé", Nei Liicht gallery, Luxemburg.
"Magician of St. Petersburg", Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, D.C.
"St. Petersburg", Le Bellevue Exhibition Hall, International Festival of Photography "Biarritz Terre d’Images", Biarritz, France
"Alexey Titarenko", Retrospective Exhibition, Galerie Municipale du Chateau d’eau, Festival Garonne, Toulouse, France
"Nomenklatura of Signes" projection in the framework of the festival "Keep the Light on... ", Centre national de l’audiovisuel, Clervaux Castle, Luxembourg; International Photography Festival in Biarritz, France

1999
"Ville des ombres. La magie noire et blanche de St. Petersbourg", Musée de
Nice, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France; Soros Center for Contemporary Art/Open Society Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

1998
"Errance", The Sixth International Festival "Histoire de voir 98. Mois de la photographie et de l’image", Museum Pierre Noel, Saint-Die, France
"Alexey Titarenko: Magic of St. Petersburg", Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

1997
"Die schwarze und weisse Magie von St. Petersburg", Neuen Rathaus, Ingelheim, Germany

1996
"Black and White Magic of St Petersburg", Month of European Culture in St. Petersburg, The Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, St. Petersburg

1994
"City of Shadows", Gallery-21, St Petersburg, Russia

1993
"Nomenklatura of Signs", in the framework of Photopostcriptum project, State Russian museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

1989
"Nomenklatura of Signs", Ligovka- 99 Exhibition Hall, Leningrad, USSR
"Visages de Leningrad", Drouart Gallery, Paris, France

1988
Retrospective Exhibition, Municipal Cultural Center, Gdyn, Poland

1987
"Fragments of the Forest", Mariynsky Theatre, Leningrad, USSR

1983, 1986, 1988
Nevsky Prospekt 90, Leningrad, USSR

1978
Kirov Palace of Culture, Leningrad, USSR

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Contemporary Russian Photography: Perestroika Liberalization and Experimentation, Fotofest, Houston, TX, USA, Spring pavilion
Underground: Russian Photography 1970s-1980s, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NY, NY

2011
"Soviet Photography in the 1980s from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection", Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

2010
"CHRONIQUES RUSSES," Le Theatre de la Photographie et de l'Image , Nice, France

2009
"LES ARTISTES DES CHAMBRES D'ECHO," Reattu museum, Arles, France
"DELPIRE & CO", Espace Van Gogh and Eglise des Trinitaires, Arles, France
"Russie(s), La collection s'expose," Musée de l’Elysée, A Museum For Photography, Lausanne, Switzerland
"INNOVATION", An Exhibition Within an Exhibition, AIPAD Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA

2008
"Elements Group Exhibition," Art Institute of Colorado, Denver CO, USA

2007
"Vital signs: Place," George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, USA
"DE L’EUROPE. Photographies, essais, histoires", Centre National Audiovisuel de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
"Photographier la ville," Collection of ‘Galerie du Château d' Eau’ Toulouse, Espace Saint-Jean de Melun, France

2006
"Through the Lens II," C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, USA

2005
"Et c'est aisi que les hommes vivent," French Senate, Paris, France From Recent Acquisitions, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2003
"Concealed Identity," Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Time Standing Still: St. Petersburg Photographs," Georgetown University Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA

1999-2003
International photographic print expositions: Paris-Photo; Photo San Francisco; Photo Los Angeles; the Photography Show in New York

1999
"Neva/Mississippi. Contemporary Russian photography," pARTs Photographic Arts, Minneapolis, USA
"Without the Wall: Eastern Europe after the Berlin Wall," The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Contemporary Art Department: Recent Acquisitions," The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Drei Zeitebenen: St.Petersburg in Fotografien," Kulturhaus Osterfelt, Pforzheim, Germany

1998
"Petersburg-97," Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Trace of a Shadow: Dramatic Themes of St. Petersburg Photography at the End of the 20th Century", Okhta Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
"The Anatomy of Contemporary Art", Art Collegium Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Daniil Harms Festival", Museum of History in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Aufbruch -Die neue russische Fotografie", Internationalen Photoszene,
Colonge, Germany; BAYER AG, Leverkusen, Germany
St. Petersburg Biennale "Autumn Marathon," Art Collegium Gallery , St. Petersburg
"Exhibition of New Acquisitions 1988-98," the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Vous avez dit, famille," Month of photography, Paris, France
"Contemporary photography of East Europe," Stadtgalerie, Horn, Austria

1997
"Northern dream: CD-ROM Photo-Show," in the framework of the 'Salute St. Petersburg' Festival, the World Financial Center, New York, USA
"The First Five Years: Painting, Graphic Art, Photography and Installations," the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Petersburg-96," Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Progress: From Leningrad to St. Petersburg," Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg
Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA; Russian Embassy, Washington, D.C., USA

1996-1997
"Chronicles of change," Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Washington Center for Photography, Washington, D. C., USA

1996
"Russian Photographers: Renewal and Metamorphoses from the End of the Soviet Era to the 1990s," The MIT Museum, Boston, USA
"Photo-96," The Harbor, St Petersburg, Russia
"Photoarchaeology," Month of Photography in Moscow, Kashirka Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
"The 4th St Petersburg Biennale of Contemporary Art", Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, St Petersburg, Russia

1995
"New Soviet photography," Karlsruhe Art Museum, Germany (followed by a two-year tour of German cities)
"Conceptual photography from St Petersburg", Ifa Gallerie, Berlin
"Self-identification," National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway;
The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
"Photoarchaeology," Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

1994
"Self-identification," Stadtgalerie in Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany

1992
"Nomenklatura of Signs," French National Centre of Photography, Tokyo Palace, Paris, France
"Les experiences photographiques Russes," Grand Ecran, Month of Photography, Paris, France

1990
"Photostroyka: New Soviet Photography," Burden Gallery; Aperture Foundation, New York (followed by a three-year tour of cities throughout the USA)

1989
Ligovka group exhibition, Leningrad Cinema, Leningrad, USSR

1987
The Second National Exhibition "Photo Art of Russia," Exhibition Pavilion of National Economic Achievements, Moscow, USSR
"Photo-art of Leningrad," Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad, USSR

1986-1988
Took part in photographic festivals organized by the Baltic States and Leningrad: Valga-86, Valga, Estonia; Uzvara-87, Uzvara, Latvia; Bauska-88, Bauska, Latvia

1979-1989
Annual review exhibitions of Mirror Photographic Club, Kirov Palace of Culture, 1979; Karl Marx Palace of Culture from 1980, Leningrad, USSR

1978
Mirror Photographic Club Second exhibition, Kirov Palace of Culture, Leningrad, USSR

SELECTED GRANTS

1993-1994
Musée de l'Elysée, Museum for Photography (Lausanne, Switzerland)

1995, 1996
Soros Center for Contemporary Art (St Petersburg, Russia)

1998
Mosaic Program (Luxembourg's National Center for Audio-Visual Art, Luxembourg) Kultur Kontakt , Vienna, Austria.

1999
‘Courants’ Grants Programme (French Ministry of Culture, Paris, France)

2003-2004
Grant from ‘Centre Culturel Andre Malraux’ , ‘Direction des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Nancy et de la region de Lorraine’, ‘Surface –Sensible’ Art Association. France

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