Press release | Amsterdam, January 4,
Foam 3h: Pavel Prokopchik
10 February - 20 March 2012
For the last two years, Pavel Prokopchik has been following a
group of young people in Russia who have chosen an alternative
lifestyle away from politics and a materialistic society. After
spending several months living with them, a document emerged about
free-thinking people that willingly deny the comfortable lifestyle
and the possession of things. It is particularly interesting
in a country that is caught between a strictly controlled society
and capitalism. Some of the main characters turn to the sale of
illegal substances to support their lifestyle and evade a nine to
five office job, which doesn't pay much anyway. Some keep their
work and their life separate, refusing promotion to avoid getting
too involved in a corporate world. These are not the hippies of the
Sixties, nor are they beatniks, even though some have inherited the
relentless sprit of Dean Moriarty from Kerouac's - On the
Road. It's a new generation that is still in search of an
escape from society's grip.
Prokopchik became good friends with a young man called Lama, who
is one of the main characters of the project. Lama is a real nomad.
He has no permanent place to live, he is practically always on the
move. For seven years he lived without a passport so was unable to
travel outside of the Russian Federation. This forced him into
hitchhiking which has led to more than 20.000 km of hitchhiking
experience and many stories to go with it.
With Lama, Prokopchik travelled to different sites where these
drifters come together. By the sea in summer, in the polluted
cities in winter. They share their houses, rooms, and bathtubs.
They make music, grow their own food and their own hemp. Ideally
they just want to sell enough marijuana to get by and spend their
life closer to nature.
In Foam 3h Propkopchik's photos will be accompanied by some
small, short videos he made during his travels.
Pavel Prokopchik was born in Budyonnovsk (Russia) in 1982. He grew
up in Latvia, which was part of the Soviet Union at that time.
Prokopchik has been living in The Netherlands since 2001, where he
studied photography at the KABK (2009). He took part in several
exhibitions, at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
(2009) and Fotogalerie Groningen (2009). He has been
published in NRC Next (2009, 2010), De Standaard
(2010) and de Volkskrant (2011). He also won second prize
in the documentary photography award Zilveren Camera
(Silver Camera, Documentary Abroad category). Prokopchik also won
the Zilveren Camera award 2011 (Silver Camera, Documentary
This exhibition has been made possible by Van Bijlevelt
The Tribe by Pavel Prokopchik can be seen from 9
February to 20 March 2012 at Foam. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm,
Thurs/Fri 10 am - 9 pm. Tickets: € 8,50
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