Yuri Mechitov
Nikita Kadan
Zbigniew Libera
Paweł Pierściński
Wacław Ropiecki
Parajanov / Burned Archives
21st september 2018
to 23rd september 2018
place: BWA, Marszałkowska street 34/50, 00-554 Warszawa, Polska
date: Fri 21.09, 17:00 – Sun 23.09, 20:00

Parajanov at Asymetria marks the first Polish show
of this minor retrospective of photography by Yuri Mechitov. 
It showcases the research method he has used for four decades to collect visual material associated with the great but somewhat forgotten master of Soviet cinema — an artist who lived and worked “at the crossroads of cultures and worldviews, was hounded by the system, and was endowed with a complex ethnic and sexual identity.”
Yuri Mechitov (born 1950) is a legendary Armenian- Georgian photographer. He began his career in 1978–79 as the director and cameraman of the stunning late neorealist documentary Nina Iosifovna Koslovskaya. As luck would have it, the titular heroine (who was of Polish descent) once taught history to Sergei Parajanov, who by that time was regarded as one of the world’s most outstanding lmmakers, and who had settled back in his hometown of Tbilisi a few years prior after his stint in prison.
Mechitov invited Parajanov to a screening of Nina. The lm won the master’s enthusiastic approval, and Mechi- tov henceforth accompanied Parajanov in his cinematic journeys as a photographer, occasionally taking on acting roles himself. Having collected many years’ worth of material, Mechitov founded his own archive in Tbilisi.

The exhibition will be accompanied at Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2018 by an additional exhibition Burned Archives, 
with special guests Nikita Kadan, Zbigniew Libera, 
Paweł Pierściński and Wacław Ropiecki.

08.09.2018 13:22:54

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