Alexander Gronsky - Schema
May 12, 2017 — Jul 29, 2017
Polka Galerie is delighted to present "Schema", the new series by the young prodigy of the contemporary Baltic scene, Alexander Gronsky. After exploring the outermost regions of Siberia, where the average population is less than one person per square kilometer ("Less than one", 2006-2008), the edges of China’s megacities, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzhen ("Mountains & Waters", 2011) and Moscow suburbs ("The Edge", 2009, "Pastoral", 2011), the photographer pursues his reflection on landscape photography.
He apprehends "Schema" as a decisive stage in his work, a necessary step into another photographic method: for the first time, he deliberately turns away from medium-format and analog film in favor of digital techniques. The aim: to creatively and narratively embrace this new technology while feeding on the history of the medium.
Composed of diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs shot over a decade between 2005 and 2015, in different countries across the world including Russia, Japan and Azerbaijan, the series "Schema" depicts sequences of landscapes tinged with a snapshot and cinematographic aesthetic.