Last night we attended the opening of the Tenth Moscow International Biennale entitled “Fashion and Style in Photography 2017” at the Multimedia Art Museum. Among the artists presented, a great deal of attention was paid to the displayed works of Igor Mukhin, Michel Sima, Philippe Chancel and Sergei Eisenstein. Organized by director of the Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) Olga Sviblova and curated by Anna Zaitseva, this exhibition attracted many connoisseurs and amateurs of contemporary art and photography.
Olga Sviblova (on the left) and Olga Strada (on the right)
Fashion and style have always been an important part of our society. Change and evolution of these two components are quite interesting to observe and evaluate for both, professional and amateur.
‘Philippe Chancel’s project “Rebels’ Paris 1982” focuses on two key phenomena in the Parisian subculture of the early 1980s – the Del Vikings and Panthers. The Vikings, devotees of old-style autos and the early American rock ‘n’ roll and boogie-woogie of Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, took their name in honour of the first US group , formed in the 1950s, that was comprised from musicians of different racial origin. The French Panthers called themselves after the Afro-American left-wing radical organization, champions of civil rights for the Black population. After initially acting as one group the two gangs became bitterly opposed, and both rapidly fell apart after dissipating their romantic and radically free-spirited illusions. Philippe Chancel’s photographs provide valuable documentation that captures the rebellious, restless spirit of this epoch.’
‘The exhibition also features works of Sergei Eisenstein, a legendary figure in the history of world cinematography, director, artist, screenwriter, pedagogue and author of fundamental texts on film theory. His revolutionary theory of a “Montage of Attractions” is more relevant today than ever before. In an age of increasing information overload, the fight to engage the emotions and thoughts of the spectator is central to each and every artist. In 1923 Eisenstein wrote: “An attraction (in our diagnosis of the theatre) is any aggressive moment in theatre, i.e. any element of it that subjects the audience to emotional or psychological influence, verified by experience and mathematically calculated to produce specific emotional shocks in the spectator…I regard the attraction as being in normal conditions an independent and primary element in structuring the show, a molecular (i.e. compound) unity of the effectiveness of theatre and of theatre as a whole. It is completely analogous to Grosz’s “rough sketches”, or the elements of Rodchenko’s photo-illustrations”. ‘