The Tribe. For the last two years, the artist has been following a group of young people in Russia who have chosen an alternative lifestyle away from politics and a materialistic society. After spending several months living with them, a document emerged about free-thinking people that willingly deny the comfortable lifestyle and the possession of things. Prokopchik's photos are accompanied by some small, short videos.
For the last two years, Pavel Prokopchik has been following a group of young people in Russia who have chosen an alternative lifestyle away from politics and a materialistic society. After spending several months living with them, a document emerged about free-thinking people that willingly deny the comfortable lifestyle and the possession of things. It is particularly interesting in a country that is caught between a strictly controlled society and capitalism. Some of the main characters turn to the sale of illegal substances to support their lifestyle and evade a nine to five office job, which doesn't pay much anyway. Some keep their work and their life separate, refusing promotion to avoid getting too involved in a corporate world. These are not the hippies of the Sixties, nor are they beatniks, even though some have inherited the relentless sprit of Dean Moriarty from Kerouac's - On the Road. It's a new generation that is still in search of an escape from society's grip.
Prokopchik became good friends with a young man called Lama, who is one of the main characters of the project. Lama is a real nomad. He has no permanent place to live, he is practically always on the move. For seven years he lived without a passport so was unable to travel outside of the Russian Federation. This forced him into hitchhiking which has led to more than 20.000 km of hitchhiking experience and many stories to go with it.
With Lama, Prokopchik travelled to different sites where these drifters come together. By the sea in summer, in the polluted cities in winter. They share their houses, rooms, and bathtubs. They make music, grow their own food and their own hemp. Ideally they just want to sell enough marijuana to get by and spend their life closer to nature.
In Foam 3h Propkopchik's photos will be accompanied by some small, short videos he made during his travels.
Pavel Prokopchik was born in Budyonnovsk (Russia) in 1982. He grew up in Latvia, which was part of the Soviet Union at that time. Prokopchik has been living in The Netherlands since 2001, where he studied photography at the KABK (2009). He took part in several exhibitions, at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2009) and Fotogalerie Groningen (2009). He has been published in NRC Next (2009, 2010), De Standaard (2010) and de Volkskrant (2011). He also won second prize in the documentary photography award Zilveren Camera (Silver Camera, Documentary Abroad category). Prokopchik also won the Zilveren Camera award 2011 (Silver Camera, Documentary Abroad category).
This exhibition has been made possible by Van Bijlevelt Stichting.
The Tribe by Pavel Prokopchik can be seen from at Foam. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10 am - 9 pm. Tickets: € 8,50
Foam is supported by BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd and VandenEnde Foundation.
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