Lucia Ganieva


Lucia Ganieva from the project Dreaming Walls, 2010

Lucia Ganieva from the project Dreaming Walls, 2010

Dreaming Walls

curated by Laura Serani and Olga Sviblova
in partnership with MAMM, Multimedia Art Museum, Moskow

times and locations

Galleria Parmeggiani
corso Cairoli, 2
42121 Reggio Emilia

friday 3rd may open from 6.30 pm to midnight; saturday 4th and sunday 5th may from 10 am to midnight; from 6th may to 16th june open from thuesday to thursday from 9 am to midday; on friday from 9 am to midday and from 7 pm to 11 pm; saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, sunday from 10 am to 9 pm. Closed on monday.


Created in the Udmert Republic, the images of Dreaming Walls express the intense relationship with nature experienced by the inhabitants of this predominantly rural region in Central Western Russia, a flat country scattered with forestland.
The subject of Ganieva’s work is the inside of homes, lounge rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, systematically covered in photographic wallpaper. Paper landscapes perfectly founded in their environment, without the continuity of furniture and accessories, creating a strange trompe-l’oeil (“deceive the eye”) effect: the flowers on the sofa and those of the flower lined paths on the walls, the doilies on the tables and the rocky lakes. Nature enters people’s homes, confusing the boundary between the inside and outside, just like the dreams of those living within.
But rather than tropical beaches, sea-beds and lush jungles, here familiar landscapes seem to prevail, lakes, forests, fields and blooming flower gardens, lots of windows that are always open looking out to nearby paradises. Unique exoticism, swans and spectacular white birds, all ready to take flight…
Lucia Ganieva, who left Russia in 1993 and has since lived in the Netherlands, continues to carefully follow the transformation of Russian society through the observation of specific phenomena and tell-tale signs. Using a series of predominantly female portraits, she therefore tells its story. These include renowned figures of the previous Muscovite artistic and cultural scene, workers in now abandoned large textile manufacturing companies, the “historical” caretakers of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, images of the current exile from farming lands … all systematically photographed in specific situations, whether in their home or place of work, as protagonists of their stories and the greater collective story, just like the pieces of a puzzle that when put together, restore a global vision of the Russia of yesterday and today.
In Dreaming Walls, as in her other works, Lucia Ganieva captures with discretion and a certain nostalgia, with neither irony nor sarcasm in images void of all presence, a world most likely destined to disappear together with the naivety of the inhabitants of these homes, delicately cared for and in a way, already old-fashioned.
Images of small perfect worlds, with a strong dreamlike resonance and a vibrating desire to be somewhere else, accessible only in their dreams.
Laura Serani

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Lucia Ganieva (Russia, 1968) lives and has worked in the Netherlands since 1993. After a career in the fashion branch she graduated at the Foto Academie Amsterdam with an honours degree (cum laude) in May 2007. Lucia Ganieva has received a number of awards, amongst others an IPA Award and PANL Awards Gold and Silver, Latent Talent Tarragona and Foto Triennale Denmark, and a nomination for the Kandinsky Prize Moscow, Circulations and top 50 Critical Mass.
Lucia Ganieva ’s work was exhibited in Museum Hermitage (Amsterdam), Finnish National Museum of Photography (Helsinki), Museum Catharijneconvent (Utrecht), Brandt Museet for Fotokunst (Odense), during the Rencontres d’Arles festival, Fashion & Style festival in Moscow, SCAN Latent Talent (Tarragona) and many other places around the world.
Over the past years her work has been published in a number of international magazines and in 2009 her first book was published.
Her work is included in public and private collections, including the Finnish National Museum of Photography, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, Museum Catharijneconvent, Image Galleri Aarhus, Rayko Gallery San Francisco.