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Sasha Bezzubov
Dust #81023

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This photograph is available at 40"50" in a limited edition of 5, signed on reverse by the artist. Taken along the edge of the rainforest in the Republic of Gabon, the red of the soil cakes over the vibrant green surface of the leaves of the rainforest. The Sylvia Bongo Foundation invited Sasha Bezzubov to Gabon, Central Africa. "Republic of Dust", is the series of photographs that resulted from this experience. His photographs, shot with a large format view camera (8x10" and 5x7") are so sharp the dried soil caking the fern leaves on the Gabonese road seems to flake off onto the floor before ones very eyes. Bezzubov's photographs capture the beauty of the landscape and the massive upheaval caused by the extraction industries (such as timber, rubber, manganese, among other national resourcesgatheredfromtheforestand the land) on the tropical forests in the Republic of Gabon, considered one of the worlds most precious ecosystems. In Bezzubov's photographs one can see the rainforest is now crisscrossed by logging roads that cut deep into the interior. The dust created in the wake of passing trucks, which cart enormous trees to the port, covers everything in sight. The rainforest turns deep red as the trucks leave behind clouds of dust. This dust settles on plants, smothering them and transforming their natural greens with an industrial concoction of red glow. Sasha Bezzubov’s photographic approach has developed through diverse series that address the contemporary condition and explore the nature of the document. Working both solo and with his sometime collaborator Jessica Sucher, Sasha Bezzubov uses a large format camera to photograph the people and the land in diverse series including, The Gringo Project, Expats and Natives, Things Fall Apart, The Searchers, Albedo Zone, Facts on the Ground and most recently, Republic of Dust. Bezzubov is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship Award. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts (Liege, Belgium); Tucson Museum of Art; Museum Belvedere (The Netherlands); Herter Art Gallery (University of Massachusetts); Wavehill (New York); New Orleans Museum of Art; and Noorderlicht Photography Festival (The Netherlands). In 2009 Nazraelli Press published Bezzubov’s monograph Wildfire (introduction by Bill McKibben). In 2011 Daniel Cooney Fine Arts published Facts on the Ground (introduction by Lucy Lippard) to accompany the exhibition. His work is in permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Joy of Giving Something Foundation. Bezzubov’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Telegraph Magazine, Esquire, Newsweek, Time, Art & Auction, and Details; and has received critical acclaim in The New Yorker, Freeze, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail and Print. In 2012, The Sylvia Bongo Foundation invited Sasha Bezzubov to Gabon, Central Africa. Republic of Dust, the series of photographs that resulted from this experience was exhibited at Front Room Gallery (NY) in 2015. Sasha Bezzubov was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received and MFA in Photography from Yale University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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