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SH 854

Peter Belyi

October 27 - November 18, 2005

After the novels of A. Solzhenitsyn

In his new installation Peter Belyi tries to approach dictatorship as an aesthetic phenomenon, however his is not the sots-art of the seventies, which has reflected enough upon the façade built by tyrannys favourite painters, but its terrible backdrop. The invisible world of correctional facilities, the relentless rhythm of the GULAG statistics; mass terror turns out to be nothing but a meaningless, abstract seven digit number. Belyi builds his installation on the simple photographic contrast of black and white, the opposition of destruction and creation.

The title of the exhibition is taken from Alexander Solzhenitsyns famous short story A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. (pronounced shch) 854 is the prison number of the storys hero.

The exhibition includes two installations. In one of them photographs, each numbered, make up a large image in which the number SH 854 can be read at a distance of 4-5 metres. A work-in-progress will be installed in a separate space in the gallery 12 models of camp barracks, standing on soil with plants growing through them.

Peter Belyi was born in 1971 and lives in St.-Petersburg and London. He works in a wide range of techniques, including lithography and photo-installation. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (Great Britain). The Guelman Gallery has collaborated with Peter Belyi since 2004 the artists installation My Neighbourhood was among the hits of the Russia 2 exhibition (Special project within the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), and his White Project was shown at the Guelman Gallery exhibition Piterskie (Contemporary Art of St.-Petersburg) in the non-commercial project of the Art Moscow Fair 2005.

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