°° ( SPECIAL ARTFIRST BOLOGNA ) Leonid Tishkov °°

“Private Moon” is a visual poem, telling a story about a man who found the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life.
In the upper world, in the attic of his house, he saw the Moon which had fallen from the sky. At first she was hiding from the sun in a dark, damp tunnel and was constantly frightened by the passing trains. Then she came to the house of the man.
Wrapping the moon in a thick blanket, he gives her autumn apples and drinks tea with her. When she finally recovers he puts her on a boat and carries her across a dark river to a high bank, where moon pine-trees grow.
He descends to the lower world wearing the clothes of his deceased father and then returns, illuminating the way with his private moon.
Transcending the borders between worlds via narrow bridges, sinking into sleep, taking care of the heavenly body, man turns into a mythological being living in the real world like in a fantastic fairy-tale.
Leonid Tishkov



Lise Sarfati obtained a Master's degree in Russian studies from the Sorbonne and was the official photographer of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Sarfati moved to Russia and photographed there for ten years. She received  grants from both the Fiacre and Villa Medicis.  
She received the Prix Niépce in Paris and the Infinity Award from 
the International Center of Photography in New York for her work.   
For over five years now, she has been working in the United States.  Lise Sarfati is represented by   Yossi Milo Gallery in the United States and Brancolini Grimaldi Galleria in Europe, Roma.


*[[[ ALEC SOTH ]]]*

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Soth's photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim.  Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007), Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) and The Last Days of W (2008). Soth is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos.