WITHOUT DICTATORSHIP OF THE GAZE
Curator Sergey Khachaturov about a project "Scan"
Nikita Shokhov’s series of photographs subverts the capacity of the photographic image to represent its subject from a single perspective. In the place of taking an instant photograph, he scans a scene for 41 seconds, producing a fragmented and distorted result. This process models a static image in a dynamic way, enabling the viewer to see the subject of the work from multiple viewpoints. Shokhov often selects official demonstrations and political marches as his subject matter, drawing attention to how such events are presented. Such an experiment, casting doubt on the veracity of images and highlighting their potential for manipulation recalls not only the photomontage tradition created by Vertov and Eisenstein but also the more recent work of Gerhard Richter.
Original text on GRAD Gallery