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Olga Chagaoutdinova: From Russia With Pain

Galerie Trois Points, Montreal Sep 10 to Oct 11 2009
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Russian-born photographer Olga Chagaoutdinova has won notice for her atmospheric images of Russian and Cuban interiors that speak to the broader social contexts in which they are situated. But for her new exhibition at Galerie Trois Points, now operating in a renovated exhibition space under the direction of new owners Jean-Michel Bourgeois and Émilie Grandmont Bérubé, Chagaoutdinova provides an added dimension of intimacy with a series of self-portrait photo and video works framed, in the Russian tradition, by themes of tragedy, suffering and fatality as well as feminism. Pinpointed last year as one of the top art school graduates in the country, Chagaoutdinova is no novice; she has presented solo exhibitions at the Far East Museum of Fine Arts in Khabarovsk, Russia, and in Amsterdam. This fall she also shows in Paris at Nikki Diana Marquardt Gallery. (372 rue Ste-Catherine O #520, Montreal QC)

This article was first published online on September 17, 2009.

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