Irony as a landscape

By in Event, Series on 15. February 2016

Irony as a landscape is a joint exhibition of young Russian photographers Oleg Borodin (27), Anton Zabrodin (31) and Alexander Lyubin (33). The artists perceive photography more than an object and go beyond the surface of prints with help of irony and symbolism.

Landscape functions in new ways in their work. Relying on principles of irony (the contrast between the literal meaning of a statement and its underlying significance, mockery, and profanity) photography easily transforms landscape from a background into a subject and a tool for testing the boundaries of reality.

Oleg Borodin who is known especially in Moscow for his contemporary collages and straight landscape documentary unites those two approaches in his latest work. The artist combines idealistic landscapes with the grey images of capitals’ suburbs. Borodin tries to phantasies about the ideal view from his window. “Flood-meadows, birch trees loom through high-rise buildings, garages and transformation vaults”.

A photographer from Kaliningrad, Alexander Lyubin searches for irony in already existing urban landscapes. Dense leafage depicted with thick layers of green paint printed on a banner overshadows the three-dimensional nature of the tree in the same photographic frame. On another image – a perfectly, as by purpose cut hole in the city’s fence and an almost painted part of a birch sticking out.

Anton Zabrodin, another Kaliningrad born artist, places different mass media signs taken from their context on deserted landscapes. “The bright eye catching symbol of a sign, combined with the absence of meaning, brings irony to his work”.

Curator of the exhibition is Zueva Katerina. The exhibition took place in the Lumier Brothers Centre in Moscow from the 27.01 till the 7.02.

Anton Zabrodin’s website:

Alexander Lyubin’s website:

Oleg Borodin’S website:

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