Sam Kaprielov

MANGA The word manga refers to the Manga by the legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, defined by him as ‘Brush gone wild’ and not to the contemporary story-telling manga, as the drawings in the work are not always connected to each other. It’s a mix of automatic drawings redrawn to look presentable after the initial outburst of creativity, straightforward life studies, and improvisations based on photographic images which happened to attract my attention for one reason or another. THE ART.

Serguey Maximishin

1964 // He spent his childhood in Kerch, the Crimea. Moved to Leningrad in 1982. Served in the Soviet army as a photographer the Soviet Military Force Group on Cuba from 1985 to 1987. Graduated from Leningrad Politechnical Inctitute in 1991 with a B.A. in physics. Worked in the laboratory of scientific and technical expertise in the Hermitage Museum. Graduated from St-Petersburg Faculty of photojournalism in 1998. In 1999-2003 he was a staff photographer for the “Izvestia” newspaper. Since 2003,.

Aidan Salakhova *Russia

1964 // Aidan Salakhova marries Eastern Islamic with Western feminist influences, combining her Azerbaijani background with her Eastern European upbringing. Her “Persian Miniatures” series explores the feminine identity in an Islamic context.Missing elements carry as much weight as those that are visualized. Feminine figures are delicately portrayed, with the male presence noticeably absent. The drawings are flat and their subjects anonymous, rendering them interchangeable and representational. Her execution traces back to Persian miniatures from which the series takes its name..