‘What It Means To Me’: KINO-FOT, 1922
What It Means To Me: ALEKSANDR RODCHENKO: KINO-FOT, 1922, VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER
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“Reflecting on this image is, for me, like listening to the symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich (odd numbers, in order) back-to-back as they describe with inevitable horror the hope, triumph and tragedy of the Russian Revolution.
The excitement of an entirely new and revolutionary means of expression (constructivist cinema) and the genius of the protagonists; subject: Vladimir Mayakovsky, graphics: Alexei Gan, photography: Aleksandr Rodchenko contrasted with the fate of the medium and that of the artists; suicide, death in a labour camp, marginalisation.
The images have been (and continue to be) a source of inspiration for nearly a hundred years. What chance that, after the current health crisis is over, there might be a rebirth of the social values that inspired every aspect of this key work of the Soviet avant-garde?”
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