The April Theses at the Davidson College Art Gallery
Aug
31
to Oct 8

The April Theses at the Davidson College Art Gallery

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Lenin Lives, co-curated by Lia Newman, Gallery Director/Curator, and Roman Utkin, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, explores the afterlife of one of the most enduring and spectacular personality cults of modern history – the worship of the first Soviet leader, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – Lenin (1870-1924). As the myth of the immortal Lenin developed, the image of the Revolution’s iconic leader became, not ironically, larger than life. For the rest of the tumultuous twentieth century, Lenin came to embody the idea of communism and the Revolution itself.

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Sep
8
to Sep 29

Sony World Photography Award - Villa Reale Monza

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In occasione della Mostra Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr,  (8-28 Settembre 2017, Villa Reale - Monza.) Sony organizza alcune serate a tema «Conversazione sulla fotografia»

La fotografia documentaria

Davide Monteleone racconta la sua esperienza di fotografo e documentarista, soffermandosi sul suo ultimo libro “The April Theses" in cui ripercorre l'epico viaggio, nell'aprile 19017, di Vladimir Lenin dal suo esilio di Zurigo a San Pietroburgo per prendere le redini delle sommosse che porteranno, pochi mesi dopo, alla Rivoluzione Bolshevica e sconvolgeranno la storia della Russia e del mondo intero.

 

 

 

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Il Tempo di Un Viaggio, by Marco Pesaresi at SIFest26
Sep
9
to Sep 25

Il Tempo di Un Viaggio, by Marco Pesaresi at SIFest26

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«Dear passengers this where the world comes to an end, and  the train will be going no further.»This is the message – poised between legend and reality – that can be heard over the loudspeakers on the train when it arrives at Vladivostok from Moscow. A reawakening from a 9000 Km journey across Russia.The Trans-Siberian is not a train; it’s a route. Two parallel steel tracks that run the length of the biggest country in the world, from Europe to Asia, from Moscow to the Pacific. Everything meets on these tracks – faces, accents, body shapes, men, women, children, adventurers and families. This is a journey in space and time, and in the history too, of a country as turbulent as a sleeping volcano: Siberia, “the sleeping land”. Here in two parallel worlds, on the train and off the train, lives unfold and run into each other now and again, as well as at the stations. Speed and the same time become deformed. Like a time machine, the train sets up its own and imposes it on the passenger. The time the journey takes. Journey time. People who take on this adventure do so because they’re fascinated by the places, but they soon discover that what really matters is the people they meet. Someone who is more sensitive to and ready to accept the variegated nature of humankind understands this benefit even before getting on the train. Such is the case of Marco. «I don’t want to read» he writes on the first page of his diary. «I want to get into the journey, totally.» And follows this with: «I can’t go anywhere.» Marco, as anyone who knew him knows, and anyone who didn’t knows from the photographs he made, was that kind of traveller, an adventurer who looked for thoughts and meetings in preference to places, and those he chose, those far from home, were often unwelcoming and annoying, places you pass through and transit; Underground says it all. Places where you find human beings with no distinctions drawn. This was the “material” that interested Marco, and the Trans-Siberian was no exception. People travel on these trains for work, to go and find friends and relations who live thousands of kilometres away. Travelling on these trains, where people eat, sleep and confide in strangers for days on end, is often uncomfortable, unpleasant. On these trains, too, developed the humanity of the Russian people, their soul, the soul Marco so wants to meet. In these photographs I recognize the Russia I encountered over ten years ago, and I recognize Marco, whom I met a few months after his Russian adventure, a little before he left on his final journey. In these images you can feel his desire for contact and relationships throb, despite the difficulties in communicating. Virtually every one of them is the outcome of an encounter, an attempt at dialogue and comprehension, both individual and mutual. There’s complicity in them, even though it bubbles up for just a few seconds. Marco does not hide, sneaking his shots. His footsteps and movements aren’t silent – maybe his thoughts and his desire to understand are – but you can almost imagine his uproarious smile when he immortalizes the girl who shows off her breasts, and the sudden snap to immortalize the blonde girl who is selling chandeliers on the platform. Many of the things that are so loveable in Marco’s photography, and that ought to be sought in photography as a whole, are to be found here. These images are encounters before they’re talked about, splendid examples of sincere, honest photography that makes no claim to explain anything but simply tries to understand. Passengers are advised that this where the world comes to an end, but do not listen to the message on the loudspeakers. Wake up out of your dreams, wake out of your journey to start another. There will always be another train. When you get down to it the destination is not important. «The traveller is the journey» as Fernando Pesso said. «What we see is not what we see but who we are.» A journey is our time and photography at bottom is nothing else than a way of capturing time and space in unison. Ghosts and memory saved forever by the light. Marco knew that well.

curated by Davide Monteleone

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Spasibo at SIFest26
Sep
9
to Sep 24

Spasibo at SIFest26

  • 18 Corso Gino Vendemini Savignano Sul Rubicone, Emilia-Romagna, 47039 Italy (map)
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Guided tour Spasibo with Davide Monteleone -  September 23rd, 18:00, following book signing "The April Theses". 

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Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, separatist movements in Chechnya started a fierce fight that would lead to the country’s independence from Russia. In 1999, in a climate of terror and continuous attacks, the Russian army launched an offensive, described by then president Vladimir Putin as “counter-terrorist”, which flattened Grozny, the largest city in Chechnya. In an area in collapse, where the economy, industries and infrastructure were already devastated following years of fighting, the military invasion caused still further destruction and started a war that would last ten more years. The result of the Second Chechen War was the creation of the Republic of Chechnya, to all effects and purposes a dictatorship run first by Akhmad Kadyrov and then his son Ramzan, a leader installed by Putin and loyal to the Kremlin. Grozny, now the capital, is a «ghost city», writes Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen, «the ghosts of those who died in the war or disappeared – every family has a brother or father who left home and never returned.»

These are the opening words of Gessen’s contribution to Spasibo, a monograph by Davide Monteleone who travelled to Russia on several occasions from 2001 and to Chechya in 2013. Today the Chechens are a people whose identity is crumbling away in a process of extinction marked by a kind of violence that stops being physical and becomes psychological. The armed conflict is over, the separatist groups, accused of terrorism, are pursued by the law, and the Chechen people can enjoy a certain freedom from Russia, profess their Islamic faith and speak the language that once was banned. Yet peace is only apparent. Lives swing between a «comfortable stagnation», as Davide Monteleone says, in which «everything is controlled by the authorities», and the desire to reappropriate a present that needs to be recreated. The repressive propaganda regime forces the Chechens to choose between conformity and martyrdom. The new generations are watching the obliteration of a collective memory that cuts off the possibility of political, social and cultural alternatives.

In Spasibo, Davide Monteleone tells through his photographs of a reality divided between metaphor and ambiguity, the ghosts of the past and the compromises of the present, the new Chechen identity and the silent disappearance of recent times. The title itself underlines this ambiguity. Spasibo means “thank you” in Russian and could mean the end of the armed conflict after decades of bloodshed, or it could recall how the ceasefire depends on a compromise with the authorities, who offer the Chechen people survival by repressing them.

«Thanks, Ramzan, thanks Russia. Spasibo.»

 

Palazzo Martuzzi, Sala Allende

Corso Vendemini, 18

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"The April Theses" e "In The Russian East" alla Galleria del Cembalo.
Sep
22
to Oct 31

"The April Theses" e "In The Russian East" alla Galleria del Cembalo.

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Una collaborazione tra Galleria del Cembalo (Roma) e Galleria Heillandi (Lugano)

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The April Theses
Nel Marzo del 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin), leader del partito rivoluzionario Bolscevico lasciò la Svizzera, dove era stato esiliato. Otto mesi dopo assunse la leadership di 160 milioni di persone occupando 1/6 della superficie abitata del globo. Il 9 aprile 1917, con il supporto delle autorità Tedesche, all’epoca in guerra con la Russia, tornò nel paese natio su un treno, attraverso Germania, Svezia e Finlandia fino a raggiungere la Stazione Finlandese di San Pietroburgo il 16 aprile dove, dopo un decennio in esilio, prese in mano le redini della Rivoluzione Russa.
Un mese prima, lo Zar Nicola II era stato estromesso dal potere quando le Armate Russe si erano unite alla rivolta dei lavoratori a Pietrogrado, la capitale russa. In un documento a punti, conosciuto come “Le Tesi di Aprile”, Lenin chiede il rovesciamento del governo provvisorio e delinea la strategia che, nei sette mesi successivi, porterà alla Rivoluzione d’ottobre e darà il potere ai Bolscevichi. 100 anni dopo, Davide Monteleone ricrea la cronologia delle due settimane di vita di Lenin prima degli eventi che hanno cambiato per sempre la Russia e il resto del mondo.
Alla ricerca del documento originale de “Le Tesi di Aprile”, Monteleone ricostruisce, e a volte ricrea, in un viaggio fisicamente reale, il viaggio epico di Lenin, inspirato dai documenti d’archivio trovati al R.G.A.S.P.I. (Russian State Archive of Soviet Political History) e a libri storici che includono “To Finland Station” di Edmund Wilson e “The Sealed Train” di Michael Pearson. Il risultato finale è una collezione di paesaggi contemporanei, fotografia forense di archivio e auto-ritratti posati che ripercorrono un viaggio nel tempo e nello spazio. La mostra è composta da una selezione di stampe dal libro “The April Theses” (Postcart 2017) presentata sotto forma di installazione.

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Ispirato al capolavoro di Richard Avedon “In the American West” (1985) e al continuo fascino della Transiberiana, Monteleone guarda alla Russia per interrogarsi sul futuro del paese. Emulando Avedon nella tecnica e nei contenuti, Monteleone crea un parallelismo geografico e temporale tra Stati Uniti e Russia in un momento storico incerto nelle relazioni tra i due paesi. Come Avedon, si concentra sulle persone semplici, lontane dai centri del potere e, come moderni Oblomov, disinteressati ad esso. I protagonisti dei ritratti (discendenti di cacciatori d’oro e di pellicce, figli di sopravvissuti ai gulag, Ebrei dell’Israele Siberiana e, persino, eredi di imperi millenari come i Buriati o i mongoli di Gengis Khan) diventano icone della Russia contemporanea. 
Le mostre “The April Theses” e “In the Russian East” sono realizzate in collaborazione con la galleria Heillandi di Lugano.

 

 

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Master Spazio Labo'  -  Bologna
Nov
3
to Apr 8

Master Spazio Labo' - Bologna

The International Master in Documentary Photography with Davide Monteleone is addressed to all those who have a photo project or a defined idea to develop and it aims at helping the students in facing documentary photography practice through its professional, technical, creative, theoric and ethical aspects. 

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"Imperium and Permixtio" at Officine Fotografiche Milano
Mar
9
to Apr 4

"Imperium and Permixtio" at Officine Fotografiche Milano

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"Sono 15 anni che Davide lavora in Russia, e racconta di Russia. E’ approdato nel paese con delle “risposte”, che il tempo ha trasformato in domande. Il tempo trascorso nei quattro angoli di questo posto ha solo dimostrato l’impossibilità di darle una forma definita. E definitiva. Colpa della sua storia confusa tanto quanto taciuta, di una geografia troppo estesa, della moltitudine di popoli e culture che la abitano, delle dinamiche sociali complesse, dei cambiamenti che si susseguono incessantemente. C’era una volta l’Unione Sovietica, che la cronaca storiografica racconta essersi estinta con un colpo di spugna immediato. Ma sono davvero così repentini, i cambiamenti? Davide si è spinto, e tutt’ora si spinge, ai confini dell’”Impero” per cercare una memoria storica, le tracce della colonizzazione interna, per raccontare una storia fatta di persone, conquiste, soggioghi, potere, ideologia. Ha indagato, sperimentato linguaggi, studiato. Ha cercato nel passato le ragioni del presente, per poterle poi fissare e spiegare, anche al futuro.

Ma la Russia si è rivelata multiforme, sfaccettata, destrutturata, perfino. Non può entrare su un tornio solo. Non può esistere, in un paese del genere, un unico filone narrativo. Non si può sintetizzare in un racconto singolo, per quanto interminabile. L’impero romano non si limitava a Roma, e quello che avveniva al di fuori delle strette direttrici dell’Imperium centrale era un’altra storia. Non c’erano eroi grandi e mitici, ma forse ce n’erano di più grandi cui la storia non ha tributato l’onore della ribalta. E che hanno vissuto Roma come un concetto distante, altro.

E, come per Roma, anche in questo caso la magnificenza del passato, la gloria del presente, la vastità delle dimensioni altro non sono che il riflesso evidente di qualcosa più complesso, sfuggente, nascosto. Ai limiti dell’inafferrabile. Non esiste un solo blocco di marmo, non esiste una sola Russia. E non tutti i pezzi del rompicapo combaciano.

Questa mostra non è il risultato di un progetto giunto alla sua conclusione, ma un punto su un percorso tutt’ora da esperire. E’ una sineddoche. E’ un’ammissione pubblica della difficoltà a raccogliere i fili del discorso nonostante i 15 anni di esperienza. Un corto circuito delle certezze. I dubbi sulla effettiva possibilità di rappresentazione del paese contrapposti alle sicurezze e ai giudizi netti che vengono forniti dai media, tagliati con l’accetta. Eppure. I dubbi sono più simili al paese stesso così come appare a occhi indagatori e attenti, al suo Permixtio, e forse al difficile equilibrio tra individuo e potere.

Una raccolta di appunti, idee e riflessioni ancora approssimativa. O, forse, definitiva. Proprio perché incompiuta."

Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo

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"The April Theses" on Smithsonian Magazine
Feb
23
to Apr 4

"The April Theses" on Smithsonian Magazine

Part #1 of my coming work "The Aprile Theses" is on Smithsonian Magazine March issue. 

2017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution. In March 1917 Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov (LENIN) was leaving exiled in Zurich. Within eight months he assumed the leadership on 16000000 people occupying one-sixth of inhabited surface of the world. On April 9th 1917, with the support of German authorities, at that time in war with Russia, he travelled back to his own country on a train across Germany, Sweden and Finland to reach Finland Station in St. Petersburg on April 17th where he started the step to Soviet Power. 100 year later I retraced and reacted, in a surreal and unorthodox journalistic way,  sometime acting myself  the role of an hypothetical Lenin, the real and non-invented Lenin’s journey on the base of archival documents and historical books including “To Finland Station” by Edmund Wilson and “The sealed train” by Michael Pearson. Part#2 of the work will be based on my research of the documents at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History and Lenin's Library in Moscow. Coming soon...

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GPP 2017 PhotoFriday
Feb
10
to Feb 14

GPP 2017 PhotoFriday

"The biggest photography event in Dubai’s calendar kicks off with the biggest photography day of the year: PhotoFriday. Join us for 12 unique 90-minute seminars, technical and inspirational talks, and creative panels with some of the world’s leading photographers. 

It's an inspiring day full of all things photography-related, where you'll get to meet your photography heroes. You can also avail of free camera cleaning services by the world’s leading photography brands, browse the latest gear, and benefit from exclusive special offers."

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Tajikistan "25 Years After Independence" on NG
Sep
9
to Oct 9

Tajikistan "25 Years After Independence" on NG

It's 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and I'm spending three weeks traveling across Tajikistan to explore the imprint left on the poorest of the former Soviet bloc countries. Here, I meet some of the hundreds of thousands of Tajiks who are believed to be Russian guest workers and who, because of sanctions in Russia and the downfall of the ruble, are returning to their native country.
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New York Workshop
Jun
19
to Jun 25

New York Workshop

After four years I go back to New York to teach at the PWNY. A week long intensive seminar.

From the series "Spasibo" @Davide Monteleone, 2014



"Davide Monteleone comes back to New York with PWNY after the amazing workshop done with us back in 2012. From June 19 to June 25 2016, Davide will lead his new class in the exploration of the multiplicity of narratives that the city of New York offers, in order to build, day after day, for each student, a personal and original photo story.  In this workshop Davide will also discuss the possibility in contemporary documentary photographic practice and approaches, taking a deeper look at the long-term project practice in photography. Starting from his personal experience, Davide will give an understanding of different forms of narratives and different ways of structuring work as well as strategy to efficiently produce the project. Particular attention will be give to how ideas are born, the fundamental basis for the beginning of every project in photography."

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