Acta Est is the first book by the French photographer-artist Lise Sarfati. Composed of images made during extended visits to Russia in the 1990s, Acta Est is neither travelogue nor photo-journalistic essay. Rather, Sarfati weaves daring detailed descriptions of the Russian environments that fascinate her to create a visual drama of dysfunction and deterioration, change and beauty. The title - from the Latin phrase Acta Est Fabula, meaning 'the play is over' - signals her insistence that the work not be read as journalism but as a work of theatrical imagination. Sarfati builds a disturbing world of decaying buildings and neglected factories, which she brings to an eerie life with lost characters: young transsexuals and teenage runaways interned in 're-education' camps. What results is a body of beautiful, engaging and disturbing photographs that are both a powerful historical record of Russia at the end of an era and examples of the unique poetry of a powerful new visual artist conjuring her own world. The forty-six featured photographs sequenced by Sarfati are accompanied by a thought-provoking introduction by the Russian-born art historian Olga Medvedkova.
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(297mm x 198mm x 15mm)
Phaidon Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Olga Medvedkova
Lise Sarfati (b.1958) studied Russian at the Sorbonne in Paris before taking up photography. During the 1990s she won many major photography awards for her photographs of Russia. She became an associate member of Magnum Photos in 1999. Olga Medvedkova is an art historian based in Paris. She studied History of Art in Moscow and Paris and is the co-author of several books including L'art Russe (Paris, 1991).