MOSKVA RAW meets 3MMAN
May 10 – June 29, 2009, 19:00
Curators: Burzg & Ja'bagh Kaghado
Style & Drive – this is the essence of lifestyle for today's youth. For Ja’bagh Kaghado, photographer and visual artist, style & drive is his lifestyle, evoked by the rhythm and activity of an active city. His works are filled with raw humanity, real-life “rock stars”, glam and shock. Anzor Kankulov, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Russia, called the attractive heroes of his pictures “bohemian decadents”.
«MOSKVA RAW» is a project dedicated and inspired by Moscow's youth culture and the desire to "art-document" the recent transformation of the city's new generation. In Aug-Sept 2008 the street spirit burst into the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, making Ja’bagh Kaghado at the age of 27 the youngest artist to have had a major solo exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
"MOSKVA RAW meets 3MMAN", the exhibition, will comprise of 50 large and medium size portraits printed on paper and canvas will debut in Amman alongside 10 new portraits of figures from Amman’s rising artistic community. The exhibition will also include Ja'bagh's video piece, "Fragments".
Born across the Hudson in NJ, he arrived in Moscow 6 years ago after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology / NYC and became the catalyst for young photographers where at the age of 22 he began shooting for the major glossy magazines and commercial campaigns in Moscow. Не contributed to Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Fashion Collection, Cosmopolitan, Afisha, Afisha MIR, OM, NRG, Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Domovoi, Moulin Rouge, PLUS, BEAST, Ebyan, Amaan, V magazine, and Tatler. In 2007 he was commissioned by icon pen and fashion accessory designer "Mont Blanc" to create unique images of his own vision of "Mont Blanc" for its 100 year anniversary titled "Soul Makers". Getting tired and bored of the celebrity scene, he shifted his focus and returned to his roots – street culture, music and the night. Ja’bagh considered one of the most influential photographers in Moscow this decade also launched his directing career, directing TV commercials, social messages, and music videos.
“Ja’bagh is always progressively searching for something new to create, always looking for kids that have the spirit of the moment. Ja’bagh always wants to be inside the happening and with him it would always work in a natural way because in reality he is always the one behind the happening… in the midst of the over glamorized Moscow scene he was able to find those youth who are fresh, cool and undone and he proved that such people do exist in this city.”
Anzor Kankulov, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Moscow
“Ja’bagh uses his background to create photographs of the youth culture of Moscow. The photographs are strong, yet simple, allowing the subjects’ personality and individuality to shine through. You can sense the connection between the photographer and his subjects. They are people who are professionals during their day jobs, and at night they dress up and go out to the clubs and party like in the 80s. These black and white portraits are strong, modern, sensitive and humorous.”
Roxanne Lowit, Photographer, NYC
“MOSKVA RAW is a testimony of Ja’bagh’s progressive attitude towards the art of photography and how he was able to document a short but important transition period in Moscow’s youth history. Unlike other artists, he did not conform himself to capturing the retro soviet element; on the contrary, he sought after ‘the happening’, which came out quite naturally because he was part of this non-mainstream ‘happening’, actually more like one of the originators of it.”
ZAK, Creative Director, BSM, Moscow