Valery Katsuba

Valery Katsuba was born in the village of Sergeevichi (Minsk Region, Republic of Belarus), the son of a forest ranger (Vladislav Katsuba) and the director of the village school (Yanina Katsuba). The second of three sons, his interest in literature, history and art, as well as sport, was shaped in part thanks to the enthusiasm of his teachers. After finishing school at the age of 16, he went to study at the Admiral Makarov Higher Engineering Marine School in Leningrad (now the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy, St Petersburg), where he completed a degree in meteorology in the Arctic Faculty with honours. He then commenced postgraduate research under the guidance of Academician Vladlen Adamenko. It was at this time that he met journalist Sergey Kalinin and art historian Catherine Phillips, and under their influence started to work in journalism. He produced pieces for St Petersburg radio and television and for BBC radio and television, and wrote about the art of St Petersburg and Moscow in the age of Perestroika for Kommersant, The Guardian, The Independent, Vogue Paris and others. He gave up his graduate studies, recognising that his vocation lay in art. In the late 1990s, he started to collaborate with Vogue magazine, which set up a Russian edition, also with W Magazine, Elle and others producing photoshoots for renowned photographers such as Arthur Elgort, Neil Kirk, Philip-Lorca di Corcia and stylists Katharina Flohr and Carin Roitfeld. In 2002, he started shooting with his own Hasselblad, a gift from Neil Kirk, who was to become the first collector of his work.

“I have always been interested in the relative non-variability of landscapes — whether it be a natural or architectural landscape — and historical events passing through them, human fates, and faces. I ask my heroes to stop. And they stop in front of the camera as if in front of the infinity of time and space, exposing their greatness, beauty and fragility. That is how I wish to remember them and how I wish to talk about them, and therefore I photograph them like this, assuming that the artistic photograph will capture the elusiveness and the emotions it aroused in me. Or at least I do everything I can to save them.” 

 

Valery Katsuba

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

  • Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain

  • National Centre for Arts and Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

  • State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

  • Centre for Contemporary Art of the 2nd of May (CA2M), Mostoles, Madrid, Spain

  • Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

  • National Centre for the Plastic Arts, Paris, France

  • Korea Photo Printing Promotion Association, Seoul, Korea

  • Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, St Petersburg, Russia

  • Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts, Russia, St Petersburg

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • The Model: Classic and Contemporary (curated by José Manuel Springer, supported by the Sarah Vintz Foundation and the Frolov Gallery), National Museum of San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico, 2018-2019

  • The Academic Tradition: St Petersburg – Madrid (curated by Semyon Mikhailovsky, with the support of the Frolov Gallery), Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain, 2017

  • Eight Stories (curated by Anna Shpakova), Gallery Ў (U neskladovaya), Minsk, Belarus, 2016

  • 100 Years Later (curated by Agnes Rammant), University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2016

  • Selections from Far Away From Home (with the support of the Frolov Gallery), St Petersburg Academy of Arts, St Petersburg, Russia, 2015

  • 100 Years Later (curated by Semyon Mikhailovsky, with the support of the Sputnik gallery), parallel program MANIFESTA 10 of the European Biennale of Contemporary Art, St Petersburg Academy of Arts and the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, St Petersburg, Russia, 2014

  • Morning, St Petersburg Academy of Arts and the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, Petersburg, Russia, 2014

  • Velocius, Altius, Fortius, ArtMost Gallery, London, UK, 2013

  • Air Flight. Body Shock, Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA, 2012

  • Air Flight. Body Shock, Polka Gallery, Paris, France, 2011

  • Air Flight. Body Shock, GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2010

  • Phiscultura (curated by Ekaterina Kondranina), Moscow International Photobiennale, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, 2007

  • Phiscultura (curated by Maria Jesús Andrés García), Circulo de Bellas Artes (Society of Fine Arts), Madrid, Spain, 2006

  • Metamorphoses of the Monarch, Kremlin Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2006

  • The Seasons. My Friends, Moscow International Photobiennale, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, 2005

  • Metamorphoses of the Monarch (for St Petersburg Early Music Festival supported by Marc de Mauny and Andrey Reshetin), Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, 2005

  • Every Passion is Blind and Wild, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2001

  • Farewell to the Winter’s Tale, (supported by Irina Khmel’nitskaya), Palace of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, St Petersburg, Russia, 2000

AWARDS:

  • First Prize of the National Olympic Committee of Russia for “The Best Project on Sport of 2006”, ProSport Magazine, Moscow, Russia, 2006

  • Winner of the International Short Stories Contest 2020-sos (short story A Green Bag Full of Wind), Caracas/ New York / Madrid, 2020

PUBLICATIONS:

  • The Academic Tradition: St Petersburg – Madrid, Publishing House of the St Petersburg Academy of Arts, St Petersburg, Russia, 2017

  • Air Flight, Prolab, Moscow, Russia, 2017

  • Velocius, Altius, Fortius, ArtMost Foundation, London, UK, 2013

  • Phiscultura, Turner Publishing, Madrid, Spain, 2007