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    The series entitled ‘’Superficie’’ is the result of documenting common summer holidays scenes for over a month in France and Switzerland. 

    The project is a visual research questioning the imagery of travel advertising and ordinary summer activities. It speaks of nature of photography and the ways of how the device interprets our reality, independently creating a new one.

    Bodies, beach towels and food create a ‘’landscape’’ with its own perspective and composition. On blurred images, visual artefacts are melting into the natural horizon. Color spots help us identify and distinguish humans from the background. 

    Modified by the screen and the camera lens, the matter is not represented as it is. An artificially generated coarse preview appears as an another dimension of reality. Random color management creates an accident, almost an abstract painting composed of pixels and color masses. Images from different time of the day and different places are put into one panoramic sequence to form a surrealist skyline. 

    The world as we know it only exists in our eyes and it could be quite different if captured by yet another medium.  

    The series entitled ‘’Superficie’’ is the result of documenting common summer holidays scenes for over a month in France and Switzerland. 

    The project is a visual research questioning the imagery of travel advertising and ordinary summer activities. It speaks of nature of photography and the ways of how the device interprets our reality, independently creating a new one.

    Bodies, beach towels and food create a ‘’landscape’’ with its own perspective and composition. On blurred images, visual artefacts are melting into the natural horizon. Color spots help us identify and distinguish humans from the background. 

    Modified by the screen and the camera lens, the matter is not represented as it is. An artificially generated coarse preview appears as an another dimension of reality. Random color management creates an accident, almost an abstract painting composed of pixels and color masses. Images from different time of the day and different places are put into one panoramic sequence to form a surrealist skyline. 

    The world as we know it only exists in our eyes and it could be quite different if captured by yet another medium.  

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Web design and development by Mathilde Ganancia
Text in French Betttina Maillard-Moriceau
Translation Vasilisa Ganakova
Texts ''Hidden'' and ''D'Heygere'' Gabriella Pounds

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bio

     Vadim Kovriga, french artist of Russian origin, has lived and worked in France since 2009. The main subject of his work are “non-places” where he captures traces of an enduring present. Born in Ekaterinburg, Vadim grew up in time of “perestroika”. From these years of soviet regime’s dissolution, of fading ideology and a lost generation, of which he became a part, Vadim Kovriga brings the idea that things hide themselves, things run away from our sight. This historical context influenced both Vadim’s personal life and work.
 
     Kovriga first studies law in the Ural Law Academy in Ekaterinburg, to follow his family’s professional path. At the same time he develops a taste for art and image. He soon moves to Moscow to work for Condé Nast as an editorial journalist. He deepens his knowledge of the image, more precisely photography. As he participates in the numerous projects of the editorial house, he meets Nan Goldin, who inspires him to chose the path of a fine art photographer. 

     His work documents the western society and culture through depicting deserted spaces, scenes that are suspended in an undetermined space and time. Vadim highlights the abstract side of objects. 
     
     Today he explores the visual from various angles. He shows interest in fashion iconography, as well as various images transformed by modern technologies. He studies photographs taken by NASA and modifies them in order to create abstract landscapes that we are only able to see through his eye.
     
     For him, Russia is not about a political regime, but a poetic space, common images, landscapes, emotions. He retrieves objects from his history. They are the main part of his photographs, like totems, traces of the past, of his memories. To be a Russian for Vadim is to posses a “Slavic soul”, a form of a painful intensity, nostalgia. Vadim’s relation to the world is not conceptual, but empiric. He watches to understand, to assimilate. 

     When Vadim arrives to France, he photographs to communicate his thoughts. He searches for images that remind him of his past. He photographs  this feeling of a “non-space”. These pictures communicate Vadim’s emotions, they speak of his story. His work is sentimental. He shares his memories emerged through images. He does not manipulate, he witnesses. Vadim’s images are solitary suspended in space and time. They isolate the viewer from the reality and invite them into a world of dreams. Vadim presents deserted spaces, uninhabited sites, forgotten plants, reduced to their decorative function in a hall or on a highway. 

     He develops a taste for brutalism, coming from a post-soviet industrial city. Brutal architecture is characterized by large volumes, economic materials like concrete, and a direct approach to the notion of “building”. Vadim likes spaces that are not too polished. In his images the isolation takes over, wind blows, skies are covered in grey, curtains are closed. What is far approches us; what is close seems to move away. Landscapes are not attached to a certain place. Objects have lost their purpose (like the series with the old mattresses, left in the street, a public space), human beings are reduced to graphic forms (homeless people photographed by Vadim have become masses of fabric). Everything becomes sculpture. Statues are covered, plants are still.
            
There is a certain kind of tenderness in Vadim’s vision, that observes humanity try to appropriate spaces that surround it. Beings and objects dissolve in the immensity of the world. In the end, everything disappears with time, or reappears somewhere else. Kovriga speaks about the solitary world that becomes poetry if we stop on our way and observe it.