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Valery Poshtarov

Jean-Jacques Lévy at his home (Paris, France, 2006)

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  • The French photographer Jean-Jacques Lévy at his home in Paris.

    From the series "That which never changes".

    Museum quality open edition print.

    Fine Art Giclée Print made using the latest professional art inkjet machines and hand-picked archival art paper. The Giclee is widely adopted for its astonishing quality by major museums, galleries, publishers and artists. Handmade in London.
  • That which never changes is a photography series realized predominantly in Paris between 2006 and 2008. The main source of inspiration for the author has been the classical French humanist photography genre from the mid-twentieth century. Although accomplished some 40 years after the disappearance of this genre, the project spreads the word about its timeless values. 3000 km on foot, in search of the Man – from the random passer-by and the street performer to the prominent intellectuals’ portraits – each has a leading role in this exceptional street spectacle.

    Artist statement

    I’m just the mediator of a world that has never quite changed. Nothing is added by me. But every now and then something happens and then, and only then, do I pull the trigger. Haunted by my own illusions of a world that is yet to be; or better still, a world that needs to shed its skin to change; I drown my gaze in a woman’s ankle which alone gives me a sense of reality. And after that…nothing happens anymore. Nothing changes anymore. In my mind, this ankle ever stays the same. Like the sweet scent of a woman’s perfume left behind in an elevator. All that it takes is to look for the stillness in a confused gesture; in the smoke of a burning cigarette; in the smashing fatigue; or maybe in the slight drowsiness of the passers-by – in their undisturbed tranquility, or even in their worries…

    In fact, that which never changes is universally the same in its essence.

  • Valery Poshtarov

    Valery Poshtarov was born in Dobrich (Bulgaria) in 1986. The son of an artist and a poet, he grew up ever surrounded by artistic people. At the age of 8, his family settled in Varna. During summer breaks he worked in some of his father’s numerous art galleries along the northern Black Sea coast; during the school year, he mastered the fine art and painting techniques at the National High School of Arts in Varna.

    In 2006 he moved to Paris where he graduated Plastic Arts from the Sorbonne. His talent was immediately appreciated and his professors encouraged him to finish the three-year bachelor degree in one single year. This period is related to his vivid interest in the classical French humanist photography genre from the mid-twentieth century. Exhibitions of works from that period were presented in Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Sofia and more. Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris nominated him for the Cartier-Bresson Award. Despite the nomination and despite the 35 consecutive exhibitions in various parts of Europe (spanning from 2007 to 2012), in the end, Valery went back to Bulgaria, choosing to shut himself out of the noise and vanity of the cocktail parties inevitably accompanying each exhibition. He fervidly photographed and painted across villages and monasteries: from the Rhodope Mountains to the Balkan Mountains; from the Kapinovo Monastery to the Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. Rarely using his own car, he preferred to hitchhike his way through.

    In 2011 he settled in Sofia and founded the first online art gallery in Eastern Europe. During the last few years, he’s been working tirelessly to promote contemporary Bulgarian artists. His frequent encounters with artists became the driving force behind a series of photographic portraits. In 2018 he undertook a significant 6-month trip around the Balkans and thus, some of his major works were created - “The Last Man Standing in the Rhodope Mountains” for which he had to visit no less than 560 villages to find his “Rhodope man”; and “Where the Mountains Flow Into the Black Sea” for which he had to travel whole 3000 km across the Pontic Mountains in northern Turkey.

    The art of Valery Poshtarov is part of major collections of different official institutions around the world: Presidency of the Republic of France, the French embassy in Ireland, Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Paris, Evgenii Evtushenko Museum in Moscow and others.

    Bodies of Work:

    "That which never changes"

    “The Last Man Standing in the Rhodope Mountains”

    “Where the Mountains Flow Into the Black Sea”

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