International Portfolio Review Moscow The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow August 29 – September 2
From August 29 to September 2 the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow will host the first review of portfolios of Russia's photographers and photo artists. The review is supported by the Iris Charitable Fund for Art Development and is part of the “Support of Photography in Russia” project by the Russian international news agency RIA Novosti.
Quite like a trans-oceanic echo, “FotoFest” - the International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, will be concurrently going on in Houston, USA. Several historical images from Russia's photography collections will be on exibit, marking the end result of twelve years of cooperation between Russia's photo practitioners and the founders of “FotoFest” -- the International Portfolio Review Moscow, to be held at “Garage”.
Russia has long been renown for its rich history of visual art and its national heritage collection, which includes the genre of photographic art, but few know what is going on with Russia's new photographers and artists in today's context. Everyone who considers themselves to be part of the photographic scene, whether they be active photographers and photo artists, photo theorists and critics, museum representatives or exhibition curators, publishers of literature on photography or simply aficionados of visual culture, the International Photo Review Moscow is the most important event to take place in Russian photography in the last three decades.
It should be mentioned that this is the first time that the review is being held on such a wide scale, not only involving an impressive number of participants and the associated huge body of work, but also featuring forty-five Russian and international experts from Europe, Asia, Latin America, the USA and Canada, who will evaluate the most recent works that constitute the collective photographic art scene in today's Russia.
The invited reviewers represent the most important contemporary art and cultural centers in the world, including the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris; Musée de la photographie in Charleroi, Belgium, the Australian Centre for Photography, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the National Media Museum in Great Britain. The bevy of independent experts include several photography festival organizers from Europe and America, as well as representatives from the publishing houses Ivory Press, Kehrer, Schilt and Dewi Lewis and from the magazines Fotograf, European Photography and Colors.
The event's format, length, number of participants and invited jury make the review a great meeting place and platform for creative initiative for lesser-known, but promising, photographers in Russia. The authors will have the opportunity to present and defend their individual collections of captured moments during the event's official proceedings, as well as during the informal evening programs in the company of art collectors and the general public. In so doing, they will break down language barriers and create an uprecendented web of representatives from this visual genre and world-level photo experts, thereby facilitating the further growth of photographic culture in Russia.