Surrealism

The parallels

© Tatyana Kolbatova
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The parallels
Russia
Venetian water. Venice, march 2018

In my thoughts I’m returning back to three cities, in which time turns from the abstraction to the reality.

Venice is the capital of not existing yet republic, going into the sea. This is the city-reflection, where things keep only visibility, but not the essence.         Completeness of the gone life is just a play of imagination. Mundus alter- the other world.

Knossos, the city at Crete island, swept away by tsunami and then burnt down four thousand years ago. But not the ruins lead to the past, it comes indirectly through the restoration. The city-palace was rebuilt anew, on the basis of found stones and artifacts, proceeding from “modern” ideas. The lost reality of the past is recreated by analogy with today’s world.

St. Petersburg is my native city, my present. The city, which was built by the willful ruler in the swamp, despite all natural obstacles, and not only from the stone. His materials were also the ever-renewing sky, water and air. Its direct lines contain hidden energy.

Time flows in these cities smoothly. The present slowly disappears and becomes the past, which again manifests itself and continues to live in the present.

Curvature of space.Venice, march 2018
Rice of water.Venice, march 2018
Acqua alta. Venice, march 2018
Airspace over the valley. Crete, June 2017
Fountain in village Balli. Crete, June 2017
Ancient fig tree. Crete, June 2017
Fountainhead. Crete, June 2017
Palace. Crete, Knoss, June 2017
Column? Crete, Knoss, June 2017
One and a half columns. Venice, march 2018
Saint-Petersburg. Water and stone. Saint-Petersburg, may 2018

Tatyana Kolbatova
Independent photographer. Lives and works in St.Peterburg, Russia.
Education • Higher: 1992 - Saint Petersburg State University, Department of Economics; 1975 -Saint Petersburg State University, Department of Physics.
Photographic Education • 2016-2019-A courses of E. Vasilieva; 2014−2016 – Educational program at Photodepartament foundation, (St. Petersburg): «Theory and Practice of the contemporary photography», «Overcoming the Photography», «Open relationship»; 2013−2017 – Educational Foundation St. Petersburg photographic workshops; 2011−2013 – Basic, then advanced photography course.
Participation in group exhibitions • 2019 – The Diary Of The Other; 2017 – The feeling at home (St. Peterburg); 2016 – When I appear. Curator vs photographer (St. Peterburg); 2016 – Present time happens (St. Petersburg); 2013 – The Kolomna (St. Petersburg); 2013 – Colour of the time (Petrozavodsk).
Books • “CITY' S AUTOBIOGRAPHY” (collective book, 2018).

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