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Gregor Sailer : Staged. From the Potemkin Series


Espacio/Jhannia Castro, in Porto presents the exhibition Staged. From Potemkin of the Austrian photographer, Gregor Sailer. To describe the art of the facade, there is the term Potemkin Village. The term describes and constitutes an imposture. It designates villages suggested by false facades that hid misery in the eyes of the Tsarina during her journey through the new occupied regions in Crimea in 1787. This lie has long circulated to discredit Grigori Aleksandrovitch Potemkin, commander in chief of the Russian Army and lover of Catherine II. However, what was a falsification of history by the end of the 18th century is presented as the truth at the beginning of the 21st century. In fact, Gregor Sailer found it in today’s Russia, in cities whose entire avenues are made only of large canvases that make believe in the existence of huge office complexes, such as at the foot of the Ural, in Ufa, installed at the time of the BRICS summit and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2015, where they imitated Dachas, as was the case in Suzdal in 2013, during...

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