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Dmitry Vilensky became famous in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s due to his creative activities and organization of photo exhibitions associated with the beginnings of St. Petersburg photography as an independent artistic trend. In 1995, he established a PHOTOpostscriptum, a union in cooperation with other Petersburg photographers, who together organized a lot of exhibitions to feature Russian…

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This story is a composition of short extracts from the novel The Fiery Valley of Culture in the Rays of the Dawn Sunlight. The excerpts are linked with the history of this ‘German issue’ of Umělec magazine, which the Divus publishing house began preparing at the start of 2004. At the Luxembourg book fair in March 2005 the publication was evaluated as the stupidest publishers’ act in the history…

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1. Expo-Park East Let’s assume the following: as a result of general economic decline (something we can only welcome), and the ongoing dumbing down of society, places emerge among agglomerations that reveal all the indications of extreme periphery. These places don’t console the eye with the charm of empty industrial objects with no history, but with cold neglect. They are like craters in the…

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On January 26, when the press-conference of the First Moscow Biennale was at its height, an exhibition called Hope-Stop! opened at the Anatoly Zverev Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Its promoters called it an anti-Biennale. Moscow-based art critic Andrey Kovalev asked the exhibition’s participants a simple question: "It is rumored that Hope-Stop! is an anti-Biennale. Is it true or not?"…

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Vain endeavors to find out the curators' conception constituted a real challenge for Moscow art critics. The curators pronounced mere words and shocked representatives of Moscow art community because after all, they revealed no intellectual accompaniment, which usually accompanies international events of this kind. Hopes of Dialecticians The situation proved especially piquant as highly…

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