FotoFest 2012
Through Sunday

FotoFest's final weekend: Last chance to see Russia's Young Generation show of contemporary photos


Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
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Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
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Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
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Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
Courtesy of FotoFest
Fotofest Vine Street Young Generation
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After six weeks of exhibitions at more than 100 participating galleries, the 2012 FotoFest Biennial is coming to a close.

While half of the main central exhibitions were shuttered last Saturday -- the International Discoveries and post-Stalin Soviet photography shows -- there's still time to take in the impressive collection of rare work at FotoFest's Perestroika-era exhibits at the Winter and String Street Studios.

Also still on view at the organization's Vine Street Studios headquarters is The Young Generation show, which has been somewhat overshadowed by the more historic exhibits.

But it's this lack of history that makes the images in the Vine Street show so compelling. Most of the artists featured in the exhibition have had little to no contact with Soviet Communism, severing their work from the historic struggles that came to define the art of a prior generation.

"They appear to be a generation of self-contained people," explain Russian curators Irina Chmyreva, Evgeny Berezner and Natalia Tarasova in the FotoFest catalog. "In these young people's disassociation from the world around them, we can discern . . . a reflection of Russian society today."

Here's a quick look.

TO THE RIGHT: Vlad Krasnoshchek, Untitled, 2011, from the series Negatives are Stored, Hand Painted Archive Prints; Ink, Aniline Dyes, Solution of Brilliant Green Dye

Ivan Mikhailov, Untitled, 2009-2010, from the series Playground, C-Print

Karen Mirzoyan, Untitled, 2009, from the series Moscow, the Quest. Empty and Silence, Inkjet Print

Tatiana Antonuk, Katya and her Mother and Cat, 2011, from the series Alienation, Inkjet Print

Oleg Borodin, Broccoli, 2010, from the series Vegetables, Pigment Inkjet Print

Daria Tuminas, Untitled, 2010, from the series Ivan and the Moon, Pigment Print

Denis Tarasov, Untitled, 2009, from the series Russian Cossacks Patrol, Inkjet Print

Anna Skladmann, Nikita and Alina at the Italian Embassy, 2009, from the series Little Adults, Pigment Print

Alexandra Stukkey, Untitled, from the series Claustrophobia, 2009-2010, Pigment Print

Alexandra Demenkova, Lena and Andrey, 2010, from the series Pokrovka, Inkjet Print

FotoFest The Young Generation (2007-2012) show on display through Sunday at FotoFest headquarters at Vine Street Studios, 113 Vine Street. Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Perestroika — Liberalization and Experimentation - The mid/late 1980s-2010s is on display through Sunday at Winter Streets Studios, 210 Winter St., and Summer Street  Studios 1824 Spring St. Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.