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Yuznoye Tushino, Moscow, Russia, 2009

Alexander Gronsky

born in 1980 in Tallin (Estonia)

Yuznoye Tushino, Moscow, Russia, 2009

Alexander Gronsky's work focuses on landscapes. Abandoned and quiet, they offer a reflection on the impact of the environment on local populations.> Read more

"These zones are neither urban, nor rural. They are nondescript places."

 With Less Than One (2008) and The Edge (2009), Alexander Gronsky produced documentary essays around a snowy Moscow. These wide and hostile expanses are the theater of stories without drama, those of isolated and silent lives. In the still universe of Alexander Gronsky, each object, each subject is an element of a dehumanized landscape. A solemn atmosphere that devours all intimacy and leaves room only for solitude and meditation.

In 2010 and 2011, Gronsky visited the edges of China’s megacities: Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzen, where the restlessness creates a disorder nearing chaos. Mountains & Waters (2011) is a series of large-format diptychs in which the photographer applied a Chinese conception of landscape more intellectual than descriptive. The diptychs enlarge the field of vision and respect the duality of Chinese beliefs through dichotomies such as fullness and emptiness, matter and its absence, mountains and waters. In Chinese, the word landscape is composed of two ideograms: mountain and water.

All the places that neither belong to Nature, nor to Mankind, form the basis of Alexander Gronsky's work. He regularly contributes to magazines such as Foam, Stern, Spiegel, Ojode Pez, Art+Auction, Intelligent Life, Esquire, Afisha, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Geo and M, Le Monde.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Shanghai ! La Tentation de l’Occident

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France, 2012

Mountains & Waters

Festival Photo Levallois, Levallois, France, 2011

The Edge

Fotografica Bogota, Bogota, Colombia, 2011

Foam Paul Huf Award

Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010

Press

Alexander Gronsky: Russian Pastoral

The New Yorker, March 27, 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Alexander Gronsky, Pastoral

Le Figaroscope, février 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Madfor Culture

MadFor Madame Figaro, janvier 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Russie, le pays blanc comme neige

Polka #7, novembre 2009

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct

Alexander Gronsky

Act & ReenAct
September 13 - October 30, 2014
Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral

Alexander Gronsky

Pastoral
January 25 - March 15, 2014
Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters

Alexander Gronsky

Mountains & Waters
January 25 - March 3, 2012
EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES

Alexander Gronsky

EST // OUEST : ICÔNES
November 19, 2010 - February 19, 2011

Selected Publications

Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One

Alexander Gronsky

Less Than One
Tycoon Books
Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral

Alexander Gronsky

Pastoral
Contasto
Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk

Alexander Gronsky

Norilsk
The Velvet Cell

Alexander Gronsky's work focuses on landscapes. Abandoned and quiet, they offer a reflection on the impact of the environment on local populations.> Read more

"These zones are neither urban, nor rural. They are nondescript places."

 With Less Than One (2008) and The Edge (2009), Alexander Gronsky produced documentary essays around a snowy Moscow. These wide and hostile expanses are the theater of stories without drama, those of isolated and silent lives. In the still universe of Alexander Gronsky, each object, each subject is an element of a dehumanized landscape. A solemn atmosphere that devours all intimacy and leaves room only for solitude and meditation.

In 2010 and 2011, Gronsky visited the edges of China’s megacities: Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzen, where the restlessness creates a disorder nearing chaos. Mountains & Waters (2011) is a series of large-format diptychs in which the photographer applied a Chinese conception of landscape more intellectual than descriptive. The diptychs enlarge the field of vision and respect the duality of Chinese beliefs through dichotomies such as fullness and emptiness, matter and its absence, mountains and waters. In Chinese, the word landscape is composed of two ideograms: mountain and water.

All the places that neither belong to Nature, nor to Mankind, form the basis of Alexander Gronsky's work. He regularly contributes to magazines such as Foam, Stern, Spiegel, Ojode Pez, Art+Auction, Intelligent Life, Esquire, Afisha, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Geo and M, Le Monde.

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct Act & ReenAct

Alexander Gronsky

Act & ReenAct
September 13 - October 30, 2014
Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral

Alexander Gronsky

Pastoral
January 25 - March 15, 2014
Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters Mountains & Waters

Alexander Gronsky

Mountains & Waters
January 25 - March 3, 2012
EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES EST // OUEST : ICÔNES

Alexander Gronsky

EST // OUEST : ICÔNES
November 19, 2010 - February 19, 2011

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Shanghai ! La Tentation de l’Occident

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France, 2012

Mountains & Waters

Festival Photo Levallois, Levallois, France, 2011

The Edge

Fotografica Bogota, Bogota, Colombia, 2011

Foam Paul Huf Award

Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010

Selected Publications

Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One Less Than One

Alexander Gronsky

Less Than One
Tycoon Books
Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral

Alexander Gronsky

Pastoral
Contasto
Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk Norilsk

Alexander Gronsky

Norilsk
The Velvet Cell

Press

Alexander Gronsky: Russian Pastoral

The New Yorker, March 27, 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Alexander Gronsky, Pastoral

Le Figaroscope, février 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Madfor Culture

MadFor Madame Figaro, janvier 2014

Alexander Gronsky : Russie, le pays blanc comme neige

Polka #7, novembre 2009