Meeting with Tatiana Pavlova and members of Kharkiv Photography School

Tatiana Pavlova's lecture and meeting with Shilo Group at Zachęta National Gallery of Art

 Tatiana Pavlova, theorist and historian of Kharkiv photography. Since 1975 she has been in contact with underground group "Time" (founders: Evgeniy Pavlov and Yury Rupin, leader: Boris Mikhailov). In the 1980s she started to systematically study the photos of Kharkiv photography school, and completed her studies it in 2007 with Ph.D. defense

Shilo group was founded by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok, Sergiy Lebedynskyy, Aleksey Sobolev and Vadym Trykoz in Sept. 2010. 
As an engineer, a surgeon, a scientist they differ in their backgrounds and respectively apply diverse approaches and personal outlooks within common ideological domain challenging themselves permanently. This is the very gist of the exciting nature of collaborative practice for them which helps their photography to employ an explosive mixture of visual expressiveness, rough unrestrained content and to certain extent boldness. 

Kharkiv school of photography emerged for them much later than the international scene. Their primary interest, which further on influenced their artistic oeuvre, has built up on the diaries of Yuri Rupin, who together with Evgeny Pavlov founded the photographic group “Vremya” (“Time”) in the late 70-s. The most known ex-member of “Vremya” is Boris Mikhailov, who has become a world acknowledged artist applying social documentary photography with particular Kharkiv touch and historical context of pre- and post-collapse time. The collapse of the Soviet union affected the scene severely: another outstanding Kharkiv photographic group “Gosprom” (late 80-s) collapsed, the most active and recognized artists left Ukraine, the other lied low and a typical for Kharkiv rushing photographic life has faced a standstill. 
So as representatives of already new generation they believe that the decision to create a group, reconsider the heritage of Kharkiv school of photography, succeeding its strategies and developing a rather audacious language of their own has naturally appeared in the nick of time. Their enthusiasm interwines with the lifestyle and is in a way bringing new awakening to the Ukrainian photography, to make it fame in the world.



5 p.m.

Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki

Sala kinowa (cinema hall)

Plac Małachowskiego 3


Exhibition's opening:


7 p.m.

Galeria Asymetria

Dom Funkcjonalny

Jakubowska 16


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