alexeï vassiliev

biography

Alexeï Vassiliev was born in 1959 in Moscow where he pursued his studies in the humanities. After perestroika, he relocated to France and began to discover his talent and love of the art of photography.

Encouraged to explore, alone and self-taught, almost secretly, the meanders of conceptual photography, this became the experience that changed the course of his life.

For more information about Vassiliev and his work, also visit LensCulture, an online magazine celebrating international contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures.

recent exhibitions

2010
Z-31 (10/12), Galerie Blue Square, Paris

Russian Artists : an Art Superlative, Saint André Abbey Contemporary Art Center, Meymac, France

Alexeï Vassiliev, Galerie Chambre avec Vues, Paris

2008
Portraits évanescents, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

2007

Maison des Arts, Châtillon, France

2007
Finding Blue, Studio 34, Philadelphia

2007
52ème Salon d'Art Contemporain de Montrouge, France

2007
Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, Mexique

2006
Galerie Chambre avec Vues, Paris, France

2006
Les Indépendances Photographiques, Enghien les Bains, France

2005
Festival Mai-Photographies 2005, Quimper, France

2004
Festival Voies OFF, Recnontres Photographiques d'Arles, France

press

"Alexeï Vassiliev ne donne jamais de titre à ses photos. Il nous les offre telles quelles et nous laisse seuls face à un monde secret et poétique, tantôt pavoisé de couleurs vives, tantôt plongé dans une pénombre crépusculaire, toujours baigné d'une lumière indéfinissable. Un monde peuplé d'êtres évanescents, inaisissables, furtifs qui semblent sur le point de disparaître mais dont la présence s'impose avec une étrange obstination."

Julie Baillet, "Ames Diluées", en Images Fixes, mouvements d'un monde, Nº1, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2005.



"... Ce photographe russe installé en France revendique le caractère plasticien de son travail, qu'il souhaite inscrire dans la tradition classique du portrait pictural."

Delic Photo Magazine

 

"Before beginning this series I thought, wrongly or rightly, that blurredness only expressed the furtive or the intangible. However, little by little I discovered a different kind of blur: a precise blur one might say... And that was like a revelation.


My work then took an altogether paradoxical path: the more blurred the subjects of these portraits, the more they looked as if they were on the verge of dissolving, fading away, or disappearing - that is when their presence really asserted itself.


Capturing this false elusiveness (which was authentic appearance) became the goal of this series."

Alexei Vassiliev quoted in: Casper, Jim, Here and gone: 21st century anonymous portraits, photographs by Alexei Vassiliev, 2008 Lens Culture and individual contributors, from the World Wide Web:
http://www.lensculture.com/vassiliev.html

Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.04-21 2006 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating 2/3 + A/P
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.08-21 2006 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.19-06 2005 Photography 150 x 100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.16-32 2006 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating  2/3 + A/P 120 x 80 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.05-05 2005 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 100x150 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.21-037 2006 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No. 03-06 2003 SOLD
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.07-07 2004 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.19-21 2004 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.15-07 2004 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 120 x 80 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.61-43 2002 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No. 03-01 2006 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.25-25 2005 Photography 100 x 150 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.16-12 2005 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, A/P 125x187 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.04-005 2006-2008 Photography 127 x 190 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study no.03.03 2004 Photograph mounted on Dibond with UV coating 150 x 100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.09-12 2004 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.12-01 2005 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.11-11 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.12-08 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating 2004  1/3 + A/P 100 x 150 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.11-12 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, A/P
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.23-16 2003 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.15-17 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P
Alexeï Vassiliev : Study No.31-12 2004 Lambda print mounted on Dibond with UV coating, 1/3+A/P 150x100 cm

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