City of shadows / Nomenklatura of Signs

In 1991, Alexey Titarenko used his camera to capture and make sense of the scenes he saw. Gradually, these scenes came together to become the expressive and moving series “City of Shadows” (1991-1994). Here, the longing, chaos and anxiety conveyed through the masterful usage of long exposure resembles the disarray of the crowds that occupied St. Petersburg at the time. The ghost-like peoople continue to haunt both history as well as these compositions. “These people were like shadows from the underworld,” Titarenko said in a press release.

These evanescent crowds symbolize human suffering, hardship and desperation in a crestfallen environment.

In the exhibition there will be three works from his latest work “Nomenklatura of Signs“, of which a photobook has been published.

Alexey Titarenko

New York, USA

He is a Soviet Union born (Leningrad, 1962) but an American photographer and artist.
His work can be found in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Denver; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of the City of New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the George Eastman House, Rochester; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the European House of Photography, Paris; the Musée Réattu, Arles; the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, among other museums.