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Lot 20

Vladyslav Krasnoshchok and Olga Starostina (Ukraine / Russia)

Passport, from the series Negatives Are Stored, 2014

Cabinet card photograph, ink, aluminum, copper, plexiglass print,
Gelatin Bromide paper Printed in 2015, Unique
10 x 13 x 4 inches (25 x 33 x 10 cm), signed in pen on back

Courtesy of the artists

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Artist Bio

Vlad Krasnoshchok had been nominated for numerous prestigious photographic awards, including for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France, and his handmade book Euromaidan (Riot Books, 2014), created with Sergiy Lebedynskyy as Shilo Group, was short-listed for the prestigious “Book of the Year” award at Fotobookfestival Kassel, Germany, and for the “First Photobook” Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Award. His work has been presented in many group shows and recently in the solo collaborative show with Olga Starostina at Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston. Krasnoshchok’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan; Coleção Joaquim Paiva/ Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Organic Culture, Kolomna, Russia; and Magnum Photos, New York.

Olga Starostina is a Houston-based metal and mixed-media artist, born in Moscow, who works primarily with recycled aluminum. She has exhibited her work throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States, including in shows at Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City; Indiana University; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco; Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference, Toronto; Equinox Gallery, San Antonio; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; and Glassell School of Art, Houston. The two artists met during the FotoFest 2012 Biennial. The main part of their collaboration on the series Means to No End grew out of Krasnoshchok’s series Negatives Are Stored, which is based on cabinet portraits from the beginning of the twentieth century. He buys these portraits at flea markets in Kharkov, Ukraine, and alters them, giving them new meaning and life. In her part of the collaboration, Starostina then takes the altered cabinet portraits and puts them into multidimensional structures, adding another level of interpretation. With this dimensionality, she conveys the dual nature and complexity of human desires, dreams, and memories. /
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