Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest. Moscow is depressing” - Wishevoke

Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest. Moscow is depressing”

What you first see in Russian photographer Arnold Veber’s photographs is the way in which youth is wasted in today’s Moscow. Club parties, drunkenness, drugs, love affairs. His theme makes no claim to originality. But the way he goes about it will pique your interest.

The 26-year-old Veber stands a breath away from the protagonists of his photographs. He tries to tear the cellophane of his heroes’ joy to reveal the sadness that simmers within them. The parties and raging nights are his cover to make a social and political commentary on today’s Russia and the uncertain future of young Russians. We listen to the questions LIFO.gr asked him

It is difficult to show the lives of young people without the politics that prevail in Russia today. You can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s an important part of life, it affects everything. He is an ever-present player who moves the strings. I think things are getting worse, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.

– Tell us something about you and your family background

I am 26 years old and I am interested in the world around me, how it is organized and works. I try to give answers to the questions I ask myself. My mother is a producer in the film industry and she is also talented in painting. I know that my maternal grandfather is a painter. I have seen his works and books with his works, I have never met him in person, he has created another family.

—Why did you become a photographer?

I can’t say it was a matter of choice. Through the camera I started to get to know people and make contacts. I wanted to be part of something bigger, to be necessary and useful. That’s why, in my first steps, I offered my photos to the people around me and received their acceptance in return.

Later, photography became a tool with which I explored the world and tried to answer the questions that arose throughout my life:

– Tell me about your favorite photographers and how they influenced your work

I can’t single out anyone in particular, but almost all Magnum photographers have the skills I would like to have. I want to be able to see the world the way they see it.

Now if we talk about specific names, I would say Gueorgui Pinkhassov, who makes you feel the colors. Boris Mikhailov shows the importance of distance in his “Case History” series. When taking photos, you should become one with the subject of the photograph and be as close to the object as possible.

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The project shows a depressing city that reminds you of politicians and the arbitrariness of the government, roughly speaking, everything is ready to go up in flames and you try to have fun… ©Arnold Veber

—The photos give the impression that they relate to political and social issues in your country. Documenting youth culture is exactly why. For example, the huge gap between rich and poor that exists in Moscow.

It is difficult to show the lives of young people without the politics that prevail in Russia today. You can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s an important part of life, it affects everything. He is an ever-present player who moves the strings. I think things are getting worse, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.

It’s something that everyone knows, but no one knows what to do or how to understand something like this. Of course you have to work on yourself and set a good example, but I still don’t understand how we can fight the corruption and arbitrariness of those in power. Maybe in the future I’ll know, or at least hope for something like that.

—Have you ever been in danger during a photo shoot?

Very rare. Just a few verbal threats to break the camera. In such cases you have to give up. I would say this happens 3-4 times a year. I think that most of the time I go unnoticed and people don’t pay attention to me.

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It is difficult to show the lives of young people without the politics that prevail in Russia today. You can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s an important part of life, it affects everything. He is an omnipresent player who holds the reins… ©Arnold Veber

—Could you tell us more about your project?Last Night I am Completed» and the people behind it?

It’s my diploma Rodchenko Art School, from Moscow. It is a 15-minute three-channel video. It includes 200 photos and 100 slides with text and some videos. The video was shot in a year. From 2014 to 2015. I recorded 4 times a week.

The project tells a story about people who prefer to go to parties because of their inability to solve their problems. It contains slides with texts whose content is related to the city and reveals the political aspects and cultural peculiarities of Moscow. The project shows that people’s problems are somehow existential.

—Many photos show depressing situations. The people in the photos give the impression that they are trying to escape from themselves.

Yes, you’re right, if the whole thing takes a long time then you stop doing it for fun, you usually do it like work, it’s like a vacation from which you come back tired, but you still do it every weekend. The project shows a depressing city reminiscent of politicians and the arbitrariness of the government, roughly speaking, everything is ready to go up in flames and people are trying to have fun. Maybe people are not running from themselves, but from the great battle they should be fighting

– Tell us about your favorite Association in Moscow and tell us who she is This time your favorite titles.

We host party events at various locations instead of clubs. Back then there was a good club called Rabitza that had a 30-hour techno rave party every weekend. The atmosphere was good, the same people always came here, so the atmosphere was friendly.

It is difficult to distinguish some pieces. That’s why I love both pieces equally. I love the cosmic vibrations.

3KZ- Where are you now?

Boards of Canada – Sherbert Head

-What is happiness for you?

Seeing your project take place in a physical space, drawing attention to something that practically started from scratch, but happiness itself, I don’t know what it is. I like learning new things. Maybe the moments when I understand something new are moments of happiness.

—Could you send me a picture of something you love?

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I have decided to send you the photo of a hypercube, it is a symbol that represents the unknown and unfathomable, the fourth dimension, it is something that I would like to understand.

Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber
Arnold Veber: “The rich are getting richer.” The poor are the poorest.  Moscow is depressing” Facebook Twitter
©Arnold Veber

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