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A proud part of 23rd Month of Photography



Light Lost in Time

Exhibition of art works by Gennady Meergus (Israel)
Under the aegis of the Embassy of Israel in Slovakia
Curators: Evgeny Berezner, Irina Chmyrerva, Natalia Tarasova (IRIS Foundation, Russia)
Z-Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

This is a visual story about the travel of light via centuries of human architecture, from sandstones of the sacred town Zefat (Safed) in Northern Israel to refraction in glass skyscrapers around the world. The story, by Gennady Meergus, is based on the principals of photography: light is caught by camera and refracted by an apparatus. The collaboration of human perception and technique has a result reminiscent of the abstract beauty of crystals. The light in Meergus’ photos plays the role of the eternal stranger in a labyrinth of architecture -- the highlight of human genius.

For the last three centuries, theories and discussion on light have rubbed shoulders with the development of photography, and in recent times with the development of new media based on photographic technology. Light – elusive, impalpable, and disembodied – has surpassed the equally ephemeral subjects of water and air in the number of “hits” dealing with it as a subject of contemplation in our modern culture. Water and air can be counted among our resources. They are the topic of ecological and social examination. Light, as before, is connected with cultural codes existing inside our civilization for longer than the various social formations. In modern culture, light still carries with it the gleam of the sacred. Light is connected with vision, with personal experience, and at the same time, light is also understood as the universal, “divine” (on the level of feelings, not words) beginning, which permeates all and is eternal. Light is the origin -- that which existed at the very beginning of history. Gennady Meergus’ exhibit is a journey of light through time, with eras marked by architecture, ancient settlements and the mirrored facades of cities. Light simultaneously arrives in both eras, in ancient stone and in concrete and glass (with the latter perhaps associated with the future). But light is different depending on the viewer, on the angle of observation, on the frame chosen in the creative act of viewing within the confines of a free will. This exhibit is an invitation. An invitation to look from the viewpoint of the artist and see light from his perspective. At that moment (the second that cosmic time cannot be differentiated from eternity), when the light, on its journey through time (historical eras), changes its expression (its face, if we were to speak of light as a person). In the old places it is all-inclusive. It uses its power to envelop everything, like a Bach organ fugue. It pushes upward, flaking and shattering into crystals, like a Messiaen passage in glass architecture. It… It is not lost. It is us, the viewers, who are lost in it, who melt into its paths while observing the graphics of the light in Meergus’ photographs.

Irina Chmyreva, PhD.

Post-production and media engineering for the show -- Vladimir Sergienko; production -- MAXILAB, Moscow

Chapel of St. Basil Chapel of St. Basil
Karst Karst
Sears Sears
Break Break
Housing on a flank Housing on a flank
Steps Steps
A cityscape with a tree A cityscape with a tree
A street from above A street from above
A cityscape with a praying man A cityscape with a praying man
A balcony A balcony
Wall #4 Wall #4
Rooms to let Rooms to let
Housing above the clouds (previously incorrectly named t14861, the correct is t14681) Housing above the clouds (previously incorrectly named t14861, the correct is t14681)
Another day Another day
Main stairway Main stairway
An entrance An entrance
#4 #4
A basketball playground A basketball playground
A cityscape with a rain and a striped cloth A cityscape with a rain and a striped cloth
For sale For sale
A street A street
A cityscape with a car A cityscape with a car
Another look from above Another look from above
Another landslip Another landslip
Levels Levels
Hat shop Hat shop
A cityscape with a small girl A cityscape with a small girl
A miniature with a dissection A miniature with a dissection
Conversations Conversations
Wall #5 Wall #5
Synagogues district Synagogues district
Artists colony Artists colony
Entrance (former exit from the cinema) Entrance (former exit from the cinema)
Street scene with a running boy Street scene with a running boy
Four persons and a door Four persons and a door
Camouflage Camouflage
Prominencies Prominencies
Office space Office space
Lines Lines
Poetry center Poetry center
New variation New variation
An edge of a curtain An edge of a curtain
A fragment with a tower and an optical illusion A fragment with a tower and an optical illusion
Secret light Secret light
The Trimmed Lamp The Trimmed Lamp
A brick wall with colored light spots A brick wall with colored light spots
Sunrise in the matrix Sunrise in the matrix
A recognizable building A recognizable building
Blue (Sunset) Blue (Sunset)
 


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