Black Sea of Concrete
The surface is covered with cracks and rust-colored patches but it is still firmly set in the ground. The concrete is like a prick of conscience in the fable-like landscape of the Black Sea. It reminds that changes happen only slowly. It's like Urkaine which is very keen to change but somehow it fails to. As the concrete not only filled an external but also an internal space. Only a few years passed from the Orange Revolution and people have already lost their hope that it would succeed, that they may be better off. They are confused and tired of political chaos. They were not better off in the past. It is true. But there was an order. And now their lot has not improved and there is no order either. - Let Eastern Ukraine along with the Crimea return to Russia, and the Western part of the country join the European Union - says Alexadr (25) sipping his beer by the sea in Alushta. Once the whole Soviet Union would rest in the Black Sea resorts, Soviet vacationers left behind Soviet architecture, mentality and sentiment.
Photographer and book artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and Institute for Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic where he currently lectures. For more than 10 years he has been working on transition issues in Russian speaking countries and CEE region. This work resulted with the monographs “The Winners” (GOST 2014), “7 Rooms” (Kehrer 2011) and “Black Sea of Concrete” (self-published 2013). In 2012 Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery published the book “In the Car with R” the record of Rafal’s travel with writer Huldar Breidfjord around Iceland. Rafal’s work has been exhibited in C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art and MoCA Shanghai. In 2007 Rafal took part in World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Within next few years he received grants from Magnum Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and European Cultural Foundation. His pictures and books have been awarded with World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Works in collections of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur and CO Berlin. Rafal is a founding member of Sputnik Photos collective.
Place of Exhibition
Museu Nogueira da Silva
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