EXHIBITION AND LECTURE
Dr. Shamil Khairov (University of Glasgow)
2 MAY 2017
Letters from Russia. Monochrome Photography Exhibition
15.00 – 18.30
Blijde Inkomststraat 21
Erasmushuis, Faculty of Arts KU Leuven.
Lecture: On the semiotics of photography in the USSR and after: some notes from within
19.15 – 21.00
MSI 00.14, Erasmusplein 2
Centre for Russian Studies of KU Leuven presents an exhibition of monochrome photography and a lecture by Dr. Shamil Khairov (University of Glasgow).
Shamil Khairov was born in 1958 in Saransk, Russia. In 1985 he was awarded a PhD in comparative Slavonic linguistics at Leningrad University. During his post-graduate studies he developed a deeper interest in art-photography. Shamil Khairov is currently a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. With his popular Russian Visual Culture course he has been invited as a guest lecturer to Finland, Germany, The Czech Republic, Russia and Belgium.
As a photographer, he continues to find the main source of his inspiration in Russian provincial and country life, with its irregularities, subtle beauty and dramas reflecting more global cataclysms. Shamil Khairov has had a number of solo photographic exhibitions: Glasgow, Scotland (2007, 2010); Edinburgh, Scotland (2009); Ostrava, the Czech Republic (2012); Germersheim, Germany (2013); Warsaw, Poland (2014).
The lecture will be focusing on some forms in which photography was present in the life of Soviet people and the ways it influenced them.
The following questions are to be discussed:
- Being photographed and being a photographer.What was the difference between official and private photography in the 1960s-70s? Official and ‘inner’ censorship?
- The Soviet way of making and sharing photos.Gagarin, Hemingway and Esenin instead of pin-up girls.
- Revealing the Russian ‘punctum’: the masters of the post-Soviet‘analytical’ photography.Why is Russia still an exciting place to photograph?
Listeners and guests are welcome to stay for a small reception which will be held in the hall of MSI.