anatoly shuravlev

Anatoly Shuravlev was born in Moscow in 1963. He lives and works in Berlin and the city of his birth. Starting from his early works, he has always explored aspects of mass communication and the problems related to the representation and perception of things. Perception is at the center of his exploration of “the politics of representation”, characterized by microscopic photographs, either 10x8mm or 10mm in diameter, which he places on transparent plastic balls mounted along walls and hung from the ceiling, forming large, differently shaped clusters. In the 2009 project titled Black Holes, shown at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale, the artist expanded the same theme, examining the appearance of perception in light of the relationship between painting and photography.  The work consisted of a room, its walls covered with black paint splatters that, when viewed from a distance and taken together, were perceived as part of larger, more abstract units. Yet, in their centers, they revealed, when seen up close, small, round photographs. Shuravlev's works were exhibited at Tokyo’s Setagaya Museum in 1991; the Modern Museum in Stockholm, the Kunstmuseum in Bern, and the PS1 Museum for Contemporary Art in New York in 1999; Budapest’s Center for Contemporary Art in 2002; and Moscow’s State Centre for Contemporary Art in 2004. The artist has participated in the XXII São Paulo Biennial, Brazil in 1994, and in the 53rd Venice Biennale in Italy in 2009.

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