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14 August 2010

Ivan Mikhailov, La Megalopolis

Moscow is a vast city of busy people, traffic jams, a noisy subway, aggressive advertising, street lights, expensive shop windows and quiet loneliness. Like a huge teeming anthill where the inhabitants carry out their everyday functions like cogs in a machine.

The subjects of my photographs are young people who left the provinces and moved to the capital for diverse reasons. For them that means new surroundings, a different rhythm and different rules of behaviour. Some feel in their element here, others are oppressed and overwhelmed by the megalopolis. I met them and put the same questions I ask myself. What do they want from the city? What are their thoughts and dreams, what do they hope for, how do they feel in this environment?

Olga Sviblova, exhibition curator.


Exhibition organised by the Moscow House of Photography as part of the Russia year in France.

Exhibition venue: Abbaye de Montmajour, Rencontres d’Arles 2010.