Liudmila Zinchenko, Natalia EREMINA (Book Design)

Russian Forest

HC with dust jacket (poster), 22 x 27 cm.,
64pp., 48 color ills., Russian / English, Ltd. to 300 copies.
Self published in 2015.
ISBN n.a.

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"To Ivan Shishkin - For all nations that can formulate their relation to the forest , the latter has never been simply a zone of dense vegetation. The forest beckons and entices. As we know from fairy-tales, the forest can be munificent… or it can kill. Countless myths, legends and superstitions are connected with the forest. The forest is a mystery, a place of power and a sacred domain. Perhaps we attribute such qualities to the forest, because its dark and desolate thickets and its luminous meadows resemble the inner world of man. Like the latter, the forest is full of secrets and contradictions.

In the final account, the forest from Cherbourg to Murom is a territory of freedom. All the more in a country whose larger part is covered by forest: in Russia, forest is more than forest. It is part of the Russian national ethnic code – the forest itself as well as its images in classical landscapes.

Perhaps we are this forest ourselves? A forest without boundaries, where happiness can turn into tragedy, grief into hope, despair into love, the sacred into the vile, and doom into… salvation. This forest is infinite, without beginning or end." (Liudmila ZINCHENKO)

About the photographer:
Artist. Participant of International Month of Photography “Photobiennale” and Moscow International Festival “Fashion & Style in Photography”, nominee for Kandinsky Prize for the best project of a Year 2011. For a long times worked as a photographer in various editions. She made prints from the original negatives of the classics of Soviet photography. Now teaches this discipline at Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Lives and works in Moscow. Awards: Grand-prize Silver Camera (Moscow 2002, 2006) Collection: Moscow House of Photography Museum/ Multimedia Art Museum and private collections. Published in Kommersant, Newsweek (USA), Courrier International, Liberation, Le Figaro (France).

ZINCHENKO hält mit einer Lochkamera das Sinnbild der russischen Seele fest: die Russischen Wälder im Wechsel der Jahreszeiten.
Die Kraft der Farben und die Eigenheit der Bilder stehen in wunderbarem Kontrast zur schlichten Gestaltung des selbst veröffentlichten Titels.
Nähere Informationen zur Geografie ihrer Motive findet sich auf der Innenseite des Schutzumschlags, der als Poster aufgeklappt werden kann - das Motiv ist natürlich ein Wald, allerdings in Schwarz/Weiss gehalten!