Opening Reception and a meeting with the photographer: Friday, March 25, 7:30p.m.
Exhibition “Veil” is the part of FOTOFEST 2016 Biennial.
Catherine Bubnova was born in Moscow into the family of artists. She graduated from V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute. Catherine is an art historian and artist working with new media: photography, digital collages, and spatial installations of contemporary materials. She also decorated the contemporary architectural objects, such as subway stations (metro) in Moscow, public buildings in Moscow and in other cities of Russia.
This exhibit shows Catherine’s photographic collages. The color palette of Bubnova’s collages is rich and expressive. Her collages are all about personal freedom, about space of memory, which is beyond control in its flow.
Opening Reception, meeting with the photographer and a book signing: Saturday, March 12, 7:00p.m.
Exhibition “Airport” is the part of FOTOFEST 2016 Biennial.
Sergei L. Loiko has covered wars, crises and daily life in Russia and the former Soviet states for the Los Angeles Times since 1991. He reported from northern Afghanistan in 2001 and from Iraq in 2003. In 2005, he contributed to then-Moscow Bureau Chief Kim Murphy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reports.
In 2013-2015 Sergei L. Loiko covered revolution and war in Ukraine. In January 2015 he was awarded Overseas Press Club Bob Considine award for the coverage of Ukraine-Russia war in 2014. In March Loiko was awarded Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for best beat reporting in 2014. His portfolio of dramatic images of war includes the exclusive photo package from Donetsk airport, a fierce battle that went on for 242 days in 2014 and 2015. Sergei was the only journalist and photographer there.
These photos became illustrations to the book “Airport”, recently written and published by Sergei Loiko. The book has been translated into many languages. Sergei will present and sign the book at the Opening Reception.
OPENING CEREMONY: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. at Houston Public Library
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Elbe Day, April 25, VE (Victory Europe) Day, May 7, and Victory Day, May 9, as it is known in the former Soviet Union. To commemorate these historic events, we present the photo exhibition “Allies. 70 Years of Victory.”
This exhibition consists of photographs taken during WWII by various Soviet photojournalists. One part of it will feature photos from the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These photographs depict political figures of the highest rank, such as President Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. These photos emphasize diplomatic efforts of Russia, United States, Great Britain and France during the war. They will be presented at the gallery of the Houston Public Library – Downtown.
The other part of the exhibit is a collection of photos by a famous Soviet photographer, Samariy Gurariy. Gurariy documented major events and figures of the Soviet era and is noted as being Stalin’s favorite photographer at the time of the Yalta Conference. He is also known for his work as a prominent front line military photographer. His WWII images will be shown at RCC’s CaviArt Gallery.
Opening Reception and meeting with the artist: Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square” and introduction to Suprematism. Tom R. Chambers (Houston, Texas) and Max Semakov (Moscow, Russia) come together at the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” to pay tribute with interpretations of “Black Square” and explorations of other Suprematist forms.
Chambers and Semakov move their works towards Neo-Suprematism that have similarities in method or intent to earlier Suprematist works, but with digital/new media treatment that results in the hybridization of the non-objective form.
Tom Chambers is a documentary photographer/artist, curator, and educator. He has over eighty exhibitions off- and on-line, to his credit. Tom has organized seminars, workshops and exhibitions in digital and media art in the United States, China and Zimbabwe. He is founder of exhibition space Digital Art Online (DAO). The project “My Dear Malevich” by Tom Chambers has received international acclaim.
Max Semakov is a photographer/producer and co-founder of the MiMs Art Group. He is currently involved with the project, “Universe of Malevich” and plans for “Suprematist Park” in Moscow, Russia. The park will represent a space formed with big Neo-suprematist constructions, known as “Architectons”. The shape of the “Architecton” will allow itself to be used as a large bench for reading and having conversations or to be used as a table for laptops, etc. The park will also have a summer cinema hall and a Supermatist pavilion.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
We present a unique collection of black-and-white photos taken in Liberia by Houston photographer Eldar Guliyev.
In October 2013 Eldar with the group of Rice University graduate students visited Liberia. Liberia is one of the poorest African countries, which now recovers from the civil war.
“Redemption is the name of the series. It also is the name of the largest free hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. I visited many local and rural hospitals and clinics, talk to authorities and people on the streets. The displayed body of work is my representation of the life in Liberia, as I saw it. This is the story of the modern Liberia, its struggles and joys”. – Eldar Guliyev.
The meeting with the photographers: Thursday, March 27, 7:30p.m.
Opening Reception: March 14, 7:30 p.m. Beverages will be served
Gennady Meergus resides in Israel. His artworks have been showed at solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA. Gennady participated in PHOTOVISA Festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his exhibition “Reflected Artifacts” at RCC in 2011.
Series “City in mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. Gennady photographed its streets, walls, inhabitants and surroundings for the last 12 years. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Frumin currently lives in Houston. Vladimir has worked as an engineer in NASA for 9 years. Since 2010 he has become a full time fine art photographer. Vladimir participated in FOTOFEST 2008 with his exhibition “Transformations”. His photographs have been shown at many solo and group exhibitions. Portfolios by Vladimir have won Black and White magazine’s Excellence and Merit awards. Artworks by Vladimir Frumin are housed in private collections in USA, Russia, Mexico and Israel.
Series “Russia 2013” was inspired by photographer’s visit with old friends after 23 years of living abroad. In this series Vladimir attempted to emphasize the hardship of Siberian life. He implemented a special technique to create a vintage appearance.
Opening Night and the meeting with the artist: January 11, 7:30p.m.
Wine will be served..
Victoria Asinovsky lives in Houston. She has been working in photography for over 10 years. In 2005 Victoria graduated from New York Institute of Photography. Since 2009 Victoria works in her own studio.
Ms. Asinovsky participated in several photo contests and published photographs in Texas Highways newspaper. In April of 2012, two of her photographic series, “Prague” and “White Sands”, were exhibited in The Market Place Antique center.
One of the photographs from the “White Sands” series won the contest “High and Dry XI” and was exhibited in the International Cultural Center in Lubbock, Texas (November-January, 2011).
We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
MASTER CLASS: Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Dmitry Vyshemirsky is a resident of Kaliningrad. Until the end of World War II it was a city of East Prussia named Kenigsberg. Kaliningrad Region is a cultural landscape which emerged in Europe from a conflicting fusion of German and Russian cultures. The German heritage and today’s reality of his native city is the major focus of the art of Vyshemirsky.
The author attempts to expand the boundaries of traditional genres of photography. He is striving to express by means of the picture the methods he developed himself, to apply a single style throughout the images he has captured, to bring purely photographic and fine art features intimately into synthesis, and – remaining a photographer – to fill up his photographs with a wide range of painting styles.
Photo-documentary project “Post-“ includes colour slides produced exclusively in the Kaliningrad region, during 2004-2006. All photographs were taken using a tripod at a natural eye level without angle, using one camera and one type of film. Having applied this strict method of taking pictures, the author succeeded in scrutinizing everyday life. Balancing on the thin line of trivia, he managed to see a lot of interesting things in this common and ordinary life, and yet created a meditative, philosophical and poetic image of the land in which he lives.
We are open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.