Tim Parchikov

 

Tim Parchikov, Times New Roman. Moskow 1, Mosca 2010 © Tim Parchikov

Tim Parchikov, Times New Roman. Moskow 1, Mosca 2010 © Tim Parchikov

Times New Roman. Episodio 3: Mosca

curated by Laura Serani

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.

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In every era since the times of the Roman attempts to conquer Greece, new elites have felt the need to identify themselves with classic culture. The Romans produced endless copies of Greek statues, viewed by the Greeks at the time as vulgar (today one would say kitsch). During the Renaissance era, it started all over again. Three copies of Ercole Farnese can be found at the Louvre for example (the Roman copy is in Naples): a Tuscan copy from the 16th century, a French copy from the 17th century and another from the 18th century. The copies ordered by the wealthy of the day can therefore now be found at the Louvre. This is how I began to photograph the neo-classic statues found in the storage houses along the highways. I have to say that those around Moscow are truly exceptional…. (Tim Parchikov)

It was following this conversation with Tim Parchikov that the idea was born to exhibit his work at the Galleria Parmeggiani, the perfect location for an exhibition on the concept of copies and fakes.
Parchikov’s photos enter, almost as if they were new acquisitions, to form part of this journey where fakes are granted a home and a certain importance. Of course the works of the famous Parisian atelier appear to contain more refined features than those of modern day workshops, but this is well-known, taste is on the decline and kitsch is thriving. One common factor however is clients’ interest in that which is antique. Russia, where classicism has always encountered great success, is a perfect case in point. In Moscow for example, the elegant style of the Italian Domenico Gilardi was extremely successful, as was the neo-classicism of Vassili Bajenov, not to mention the era of Stalin with the triumph of “Socialist Classicism” or “Stalinian Gothic “.
Using a front view and a neutral style, Tim Parchikov, who never judges and if anything glorifies, has put together a surprising collection of mythological figures, athletes, handmaids in provocative poses, angels, elephants, dogs and felines. Photographed on neutral backgrounds, with the glimpse of a set of headlights or an Autogrill occasionally caught in the background, either alone or in groups, or in the middle of the snow, they appear to be lost heroes.
The plasticity of the poses and the preciousness of the marble coloured drapes clashes with the switches, electrical cables and price stickers stuck on the bodies of Venuses and Caesars, which we cannot help but look at in dismay and hope not to find them at the Louvre one day.
Laura Serani

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biography

Tim Parchikov (Moscow, 1983), after graduating from Moscow University of Cinematography as Director of Photography, continued to study Film Direction. Along with working on movie projects, he also developed an interest in photography and started several photography projects of his own. His exploration of the genre resulted in solo exhibitions at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, at the Pingyao International Photography festival and Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, and a subsequent set of gallery projects and numerous group exhibitions including the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2009 Tim Parchikov was chosen as a participant of the 54 Venice Biennale.
Parchikov has authored two photographic monographs, and his art is featured in various group catalogs including Earth by teNeus and Real Venice by Ivorypress. Several of his works were acquired by the European House of Photography and the Moscow Museum of Modern art.
Currently Tim continues to work in the movies and as a video artist. He is represented by Juana de Aizpuru Gallery.