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«Leningrad» (1988-2019)

art: (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
based on his painting Акула / Shark (1988)
idea: Hannelore Fobo
editor: Carmen pg Granxeiro
music: Dmitri Pavlov


A knight (Timur Novikov) wearing a head protection
with the inscription "Leningrad"

A knight (Timur Novikov) wearing a head protection with the inscription "Leningrad"




This animated video, entitled "Leningrad", is based on "Shark", a painting from 1988 by Russian artist Evgenij Kozlov, aka E-E (pronounced “yeh-yeh”).

Kozlov, a leading member of the Leningrad avant-garde movement from the perestroika period, is known for his striking, inventive portraits reflecting the spiritual strength of his fellow artists, musicians, and his other friends. 

"Shark", a multi-figured, highly dynamic composition, contains a great number of such portraits, both large and small – among them Georgy Guryanov ("Kino") and Igor Verichev (of the "New Composers"), and also the head of a shark. They are centred around a "massless globe", and are seen to be spiralling around it. 

The focal point of the composition, however, is a red cross, which forms part of a T‑shirt worn by a figure standing on the right – Timur Novikov – with the former marking the position of Novikov's heart. This red cross, symbolising "the containment of movement", constitutes a counterpoint to the centrifugal forces emitted by the spiralling images.

"Leningrad" formed the title of the 2012 animated video dedicated to the painting, and it was edited in 2019 with music by Dmitri Pavlov. The title refers to Novikov's head-mask, which is akin to a warrior's helmet and bears the inscription "Leningrad".

In 2012, Carmen pg Granxeiro assembled a collection of close-up images of "Shark" into a brief two-minute video piece, creating a sequence of fast cuts that oscillate between full views of the painting and detailed close-ups. She thereby intensified the momentum of "Shark", further increasing this with the help of strobe transitions, fast zooming, and white light effects.

Dmitri Pavlov's powerful soundtrack from 2019 enhances Granxeiro's approach, using a funky, rough industrial rhythm – transposing the visual zoom effects into sharp metallic sound rushes and "loading" the images with discharges of electronic thunder. 

"Leningrad" is (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's tribute to the Leningrad art and music scene – particularly in relation to the 1980s – and to the creative potential of Russian artists and musicians in general, thereby focusing on the period in which they were finally able to deploy their talent without the imposition of restrictions, towards the end of the Soviet period. 

Hannelore Fobo, September 2019

Акула
The Shark
Акула The Shark

Георгий Гурьянов Georgy Guryanov, Игорь Веричев Igor Verichev
Георгий Гурьянов
Georgy Guryanov
Игорь Веричев
Igor Verichev

Георгий Гурьянов
Georgy Guryanov
Георгий Гурьянов Georgy Guryanov
Георгий Гурьянов Georgy Guryanov
Андрей Фитенко
Andrey Fitenko
Агнеш Хорват
Agnes Horváth
Агнеш Хорват Agnes Horváth

Валерий Алахов Valery Alakhov
Валерий Алахов
Valery Alakhov

(E-E) Евгений Козлов
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov

Сергей Бугаев Sergei Bugaev (left), Тимур Новиков Timur Novikov (center), Тимур Новиков Timur Novikov (right)
Сергей Бугаев
Sergei Bugaev
(left)
Тимур Новиков
Timur Novikov
(center)
Тимур Новиков
Timur Novikov
(right)

  
Яна Павлова
Yana Pavlova
Яна Павлова Yana Pavlova

Pука A hand
Pука
A hand

Бомба
A bomb
Бомба A bomb

ХМ 3 5
ХМ 3 5

Самолет
Аn airplane
Самолет Аn airplane

Невесомый шар А massless globe
Невесомый шар
А massless globe

Женский образ (МамаПапа)
A female figure (MamaPapa)
Женский образ (МамаПапа) A female figure (MamaPapa)

Ограничение движения
The containment of movement

Ограничение движения The containment of movement

Край знания The limit of knowledge
Край знания
The limit of knowledge


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Last updated: 15 September 2019

E-E-films by Evgenij Kozlov