Moscow Myths: Julija Svetlova's first Solo Exhibition in the UK

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MOSCOW MYTHS is Julija Svetlova's (a.k.a. neja) first Solo exhibition in the UK. Dopuble exposures shot on film using the double exposure technique with a variety of cameras, from the Canon Ae-1 to the Lomo Kompakt Automat the images are also cross processed to give vibrant and highly saturated colours. 10 July until 5 September 2010

In ‘Moscow Myths’ Julija Svetlova has found a way of photographing and reinterpreting the past as the present. Informed by her move to the West in her early adult years and her subsequent return visits to Moscow between 2004 and 2009, Julija has been keen to explore the current obsession with everything Russian.
From the decomposing remains of the Soviet Union, to Kremlin stars, fur hats and Rodchenko posters which are replicated as often as those of Che Guevara.

But what does all of this mean to people of the new Russia and the break-away states?
Julija presents us with a series of superimposed images that seem at first incongruent but on closer inspection, the multi-layering of images may cause us to re-think and challenge our preconceived ideas about the relics of the old regime.

Julija manages to fuse events from our common cultural past and combine them to suggest a new dialogue and a deeper understanding of the symbols of the former Soviet Union: often complex, full of irony and poignancy, especially when juxtaposed with the opposing face of Western consumerism.

Julija Svetlova grew up on the edge of Perestroika in Lithuania and is now a London-based Art Photographer.
The Front View – Gallery

The Front View is a gallery dedicated to photography, film and video.
Launched in 2009, by Julie Thorne and Tom Sutherland. The Front View is committed to showing the work of established and emerging photographers and film-makers – where intelligent and challenging contemporary work is seen and discussed.

Private View
Saturday 10 July ’10 7 pm – 9 pm by invitation

Open View
Weekends from 12pm – 4 pm
Weekdays by appointment only

written by neja on 2010-06-29 in #events

20 Comments

  1. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    way to go jul6ka! ;)

  2. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Congrats !!
    A lot of beautiful photos to see in London !!

  3. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    By the way ... the July 5th is my birthday !!

  4. neja
    neja ·

    It is not in London! it is in Whitstable, oyster paradise of Kent! come over!!!!

  5. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Sorry !!!
    It´s a big mistake !!!
    A lot of beautiful and worderful photos to see in Withstable (UK), and in this home:
    www.lomography.com/homes/neja

  6. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    nice!

  7. neja
    neja ·

    thank u everyone! don't forget to Like this post, so all your friends on the facebook see it!!!!!

  8. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    wow, congrats on your exhibition! That´s so cool! Love your work!

  9. neja
    neja ·

    there is going to be 16 works on show, 2 of them are 100 x 150 cm size, mount on aluminum, the rest are 24 x40 cm frames.
    also there are going to be smaller versions on sale , 10 x 15 cm each, for those who can't afford the bigger prints!

  10. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Wow! Congrats Neja for your solo exhibition!!! Amazing work!!
    Wish i can be there :(

  11. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    yes! Congratulations Neja and my best wishes for a succesful exibition! how I wish I could be there.

  12. neja
    neja ·

    I wish u guys all come! It is a lovely town by the sea, in Kent- UK greenest area, and a dozen of freshest oysters cost only £6 there!

  13. corzh
    corzh ·

    ВУАЛЯ!!)

  14. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    yeah, Julia :) next exhibition in Shanghai please :)

  15. neja
    neja ·

    Shanghai and Moscow are my targets! + London, of corse

  16. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Hello Julija!! Congratulations on your exhibition!! Next exhibition in Los Angeles, PLEASE! LA is the leading edge of the future. Whatever goes wrong, gees wrong here, first!! Herb

  17. neja
    neja ·

    Dear Herb, please be my link to the LA art world!:))

  18. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Congratulations Julija, sorry can't get there on the PV night but will see it once I'm back from my week long festival. Hope it goes brilliantly and yes Whitstable is a great location!

  19. neja
    neja ·

    thefrontview.co.uk/
    my interview is on now!

    PV went very well, thanks everyone who came!

  20. neja
    neja ·

    P.S. exhibition is actually on until 5th of September!

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