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Description - Lise Sarfati: Acta Est by Olga Medvedkova

This is the first book by the emerging photographer-artist Lise Sarfati. Composed of images made during extended visits to Russia during the 1990s. It is neither travelogue nor photojournalistic essay. Rather, Sarfati uses descriptions of the details of the Russian environments which fascinate her to create a visual drama - a personal theatre of dysfunction and deterioration, of change and beauty. The title - literally "it (feminine) is over" 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. She builds a disturbing Tarkovsky-esque world out of concrete historical fragments - for example the architecture and factories of Norilsk, a town in arctic Siberia built and occupied by political convicts - and peoples it with lost characters - young transvestites and teenage runaways interned in "re-education" camps. Why results is a body of beautiful, engaging and disturbing photographs which are both a historical record of Russia at the end of an era, and the poetry of a visual artist conjuring her own world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714839103
ISBN-10: 0714839108
Format: Hardback
(297mm x 198mm x 15mm)
Pages: 104
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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).

Books By Olga Medvedkova

Lise Sarfati: Acta Est by Olga Medvedkova
Paperback, October 2007