The Museum of Russian Art in collaboration with Dino Eli Gallery is pleased to present “& Rosencrantz”, an exhibition of works by St. Petersburg – based conceptual photographer Dmitry Sokolenko. The present series is inspired by the existential tragicomedy by the renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”, with its main theme of the ability of a regular individual and to overcome irrationality and randomness of history. “&Rosencrantz” presents Sokolenko’s humorous visualization of the conflict between art, politics and reality. By inserting children’s stickers into the photographs of recognizable symbols of power, revolt or images of dedicated human labor, the artist underplays the seriousness of his message. An integral part of the series, a contemporized version of the celebrated play will be presented at the opening of the show.
The Museum of Russian Art is delighted to present “& Rosencrantz” during the Armory Show of 2012 in New York. Drawing on the rich legacy of the original play and Stoppard’s long-term involvement with Amnesty International and human rights activism in the former Soviet Union, “&Rosencrantz” lends itself to a sophisticated interpretation of the current political landscape in Russia.
Presenting “&Rosencrantz” during the Armory Show marks first in the series of exhibitions of contemporary Russian art presented by MoRa outside the premises of the museum.
Born in 1977 in St. Peterburg, Russia, Dmitry Sokolenko received a Master’s Degree in Microbiology from St. Peterburg State University. Embarking on the artistic career in his late 20`s, Dmitry chose classic literature and current political events as main sources of inspiration. Since 2000, Dmitry had a number of highly successful international solo shows. In 2008, he was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize for his collaboration with Olga Tobreluts, one of the most prominent members of Timur Novikov`s Academy of Fine Arts. Dmitry works and lives in St. Petersburg.