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Evgeny Mokhorev, « Troubled age »

29 October - 6 December 2009

RTR gallery, Paris

Photographs of Evgeny Mokhorev were once exhibited in France in 1992, during the Month of Photography in Paris, and created a scandal. But this is the first time in Europe that his prints are displayed in a gallery. RTR presents 30 square prints, in black and white, impeccably made by the photographer on baryted paper, on which the transition from childhood to adulthood is explained with the finesse of Bunin, the pain and the depth of Dostoevsky, the elegance and the eroticism of Mapplethorpe. No false notes.

In a commonplace of dilapidated "kommunalka"  or in a faded studio, with close-ups on the face, or situation, Mokhorev stages, in a flawless manner, the ambiguous links and tensions between the elements or individuals. The curves of bodies are parts of the decor, and vice versa. He composes and sculpts with his camera. He prefers to seek his models in poor backgrounds, where the contact establishes more easily. He has favourite models he has followed for years, who were photographed as 1ten-year-old children and are young men today.

For 20 years, Evgeny Mokhorev has been looking for the mystery of adolescence. A fragile world, almost unknown, and dangerously attractive. His photographs and his subjects affect us and aspire us, call us and challenge us.
Without concession. In Russian style.

Evgeny Mokhorev, "Gleb and Danila", 2000, Gelatin silver print
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Evgeny Mokhorev, "Denis, Vika, Tolya", 1997, Gelatin silver print
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Evgeny Mokhorev, "Mykha", 2007, Gelatin silver print
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Evgeny Mokhorev, "Aziz and Zhenya", 1997, Gelatin silver print
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Evgeny Mokhorev, "A break", 1992, Gelatin silver print
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Evgeny Mokhorev, Dennis, 1999, Gelatin silver print
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