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Niels Ackermann’s two-day workshop in Metenkov House’s Museum.

March 4, 2017 till March 6, 2017

Niels Ackermann's two-day workshop in Metenkov House’s Museum.

Metenkov House’s Museum of Photography
Yekaterinburg, Karla Libknehta st., 36

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Niels Ackermann will hold on an artist talk and a two-day workshop in Metenkov House’s Museum of Photography. The events will be supported by “Pro Helvetia Moscow”.

March 4 | Saturday | 19:30
Artist talk with Niels Ackerman
Swiss photographer will be talking about his work on the projects at post-Soviet territories.

March 5—6 | Sunday and Monday | 10:00—18:00
“Where did Yekaterinburg’s Lenin go?”
The two-day workshop of Niels Ackermann, tuning on stimulating participants to start different experimental quests.

Swiss photographer Niels Ackermann always had a strange fascination for Soviet propaganda. That’s what pushed him to the eastern parts of Europe, mostly in Ukraine where he lives for already two years and works since 2009. His last project “Looking For Lenin” documents the process of decommunisation taking place in Ukraine. With French journalist Sebastien Gobert, he decided to search the statues of Lenin after they got removed from the public space. The results shows the infinity of shape this process takes. Abandoned in a municipal wasteland, turned into Darth Vader or into a kosack, well protected in a garden or cut into pieces as scrap metal — the fate of Lenin is as diverse as the opinions about Ukraine’s soviet past.

In Ekaterinburg Lenin still proudly stands in front of the local city administration. But what is his place in contemporary society, who is even still looking at him? Through this workshop the Swiss photojournalist wishes to invite the participants to work about the contemporary place of Lenin in Ekaterinburg — from his symbolic traces to some more trivial elements.