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Undercover
29 November 2013 — 13 January 2014

From 29th of November until 13th of January Erarta is hosting “Undercover” exhibition which includes a hundred of the best photobooks from Holland from which one can learn about working processes of contemporary publishing houses, have a look at unique projects for future publications, and visit presentations and seminars dedicated to working in the sphere.

Whatever may be said about photobook publishing in the digital era of the 21th century, photobooks are alive and kicking. They are thriving, to be more precise. Modular space of the printed matter – paged, sequenced, folded and bound – provides contemporary makers with the ultimate presentation platform and a distribution model.

Dutch photobooks are internationally recognized by a professional artistic and design community. The quality of both photography and design and the fine balance between these two elements immediately put Dutch publications in the forefront of the discipline.

The show, hosted by Contemporary Art Museum Erarta, St. Petersburg, will run from 29 November 2013 to 13 January 2014 and will include a public programme of talks, guided tours, and a series of workshops for young practitioners.

The exhibition opens with a gallery of nearly 100 photobooks inviting the viewers to dive into the context of current photography publishing in the Netherlands. It continues further focusing on works of eight artists and one collective/publishing house looking into their work process, inspirations, and the role publications play within the larger context of their projects. Presentations include final books, dummies, prints, video interviews, and explore design decisions made.

The education programme includes workshops by “Foam Magazine” art director Hamid Sallali and editor Elisa Medde (29/11–01/12, 2013) and visual artist Jaap Scheeren (09/01–12/01, 2014). For the detailed programme of talks and workshops please see fotodepartament.ru.

"Undercover" is a part of Dutch Photography Experience project aimed at showcasing Dutch works in Russia.

Initiated and produced by “Image Matter”, “FotoDepartament”, Daria Tuminas.

Organizational partners: “ProMu”, The Netherlands Institute in St. Petersburg.

With Jaap Scheeren, Anouk Kruithof, FW: Books, Nadine Stijns, Anne Geene, Willem Popelier, Florian van Roekel, Andrea Stultiens, Milou Abel and 150 selected publications of the Book Gallery.

Venue: Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg.

Curated by Zhenia Sveshinsky and Daria Tuminas.

"Undercover" and Dutch Photography Experience project are made possible with the generous support of Mondrian Fund, SICA, Wilhelmina E. Janssen Fund and Netherlands Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

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