shock of artfully-disheveled blonde hair, hands full of heavy silver
rings with skulls and snakes, an irreverent blue-eyed glance and a
smile that betrays an almost adolescent shyness, Petr
Lovigin never thought he would become a photographer.
in '81 in Yaroslavl - a city 250 km northwest of Moscow - he got his
degree in architecture, but before finding a job, he found a camera.
"A shot some photos just for fun, I thought of it as a hobby.
But now it's my profession", he confesses in a broken French,
which his gallerist, Anna-Patricia Kahn, helps to translate.
I think it's my profession,
but I think life in general is full of doubts. Today photography is
my drug, it's like an obsession I just can't seem to quit".
Lovigin is a "serial photographer" in
the sense that every one of his works is part of a series.
every photo can also be de-contextualized and looked at alone, but it
is through seeing the whole series that the viewer can understand the
intensity, creativity and poetic force of Lovigin. For example, one
of his first works is structured like a wedding album:
"I went to the wedding of two of my good friends and made them
this gift". Black and white images, joyous and strange, with
portraits of the couple in almost surreal situations - a love story
outside of the context of time, entitled Fall
series that started out as a game to become a real beauty is Takeshi
Kitano and Other Icons.
Here Lovigin plays with a series of famous personalities in an
anonymous context. "I started with Kitano because I'm
a big fan and I was intrigued by the idea of putting him in the
spotlight along with people that don't even know who he is",
here's a class photo of some alumni wearing masks with Kitano's
face, a group of friends at the movies with the enigmatic smile of
and some worker women in front of sewing machines with the iconic
face of Audrey
These days Petr has taken to color photography with a new series
taken in the four corners of the world, on exhibit at the
gallery °Clair in
Monaco, Bavaria (which holds exclusive representation of the
the same time, the editor Kehrer is
publishing a book entitled Planet
co-curated by Anna-Patricia Kahn, who, as part of the introduction,
gives parts of her phone conversations with Petr. Poetic
exchanges, at the limits of the surreal, suspended in time. Like
Lovigin's work. » by Maria Grazia Meda