Rinat Voligamsi

voligamsiWas born in 1968. Received an architectural education. The winner of State Russian Award in the field of literature and art in 1994. Has been receiving international attention since 2006 in connection with work “Unofficial album”, telling about V. Lenin’s fictitious biography.
Since 2000 he is a member of Russian union of artists. Works are placed in Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Art Museum MAVrubel, Art Museum of the MV Nesterov.


The project Snow combines the recent works of the author in a grisaille report “about phenomena and existences”. Raster photographs from Soviet newspapers are used by the artist as a model on which he builds his reportage about the world around us. Mystery and truth, deception and document are inseparably fused in blind photos, and the pictures, which imitate them, are a convincing testimony of the extraordinary. A chronicler of utopia, he impersonally records a stroll with deinosaurs in the park and packed in boxes snow.

In these works the kingdom of dreams takes over reality. The author’s quasi-documentary method closely examines the universe through a surrealistic lens. There can be no doubt in the veracity of the grotesque, and the banal justification ‘that’s how the artist sees it’ does not deter from analysing the depicted fact; no protective mechanism works, and a viewer is compelled to surmise: what if this “alternative fantasy” is real?

On the one hand, the project actualizes the half-forgotten skills of reading official information. On the other hand – it reveals the gaping holes of truthfully reflected reality. The artist removes the layer of gloss on reality, which is mandatory for Fine Art, and subsequently the endless white radiance of the void opens up in his pictures. The snow that conceals the boundless Russian field and the snow of the raster are equally reliable in concealing the accuracy of the facts from the importunate witness.

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