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Night in Norilsk

15th February 2018


27 February 2018, 19.00

Pushkin House, 5 A Bloomsbury

London WC1A 2TA


White Space Gallery in collaboration with Pushkin House presents a new visual performance by Moscow based photographer Grigoriy Yaroshenko and renowned cellist and electronic music producer Vytautas Sondeckis.

Please join us at the Pushkin House for a unique night-time photo projection of Norilsk and live Guarneri cello and electronic EMS synthesizer performance by Vytautas Sondeckis. Vocal by Verene Andronikof. This will be followed by Q&A with Grigoriy Yaroshenko and book signing of his brand new book Norilsk published by White Space Gallery.

Tickets and information: http://www.pushkinhouse.org/events/2018/2/27/nights-in-norilsk

Photo : Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant. Norilsk. 2015


Grigoriy Yaroshenko (b. 1971 in Moscow) graduated from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography. He has since worked as a photographer and a cameraman for over 20 years and received several awards for photography, including the Silver Camera Award (2009), Black & White Photography Award, The Spider (2012), 1st Prize of the Museum of Photography and Modern Art, Tampa, Florida. (2016). Major recent photographic series include Touch me if you can catch me (2016) photographed in an orphanage for blind and deaf children, Norilsk (2015), Britain (2014), and Trench (2013) which portrays Uzbekistani migrant workers and their life in Moscow and Uzbekistan.


Vytautas Sondeckis was the first Lithuanian winner of the Australasian International Cello Competition in 1997. Born in 1972, he is the son of the famous conductor, Saulius Sondeckis, his mother, Silvija Sondeckiene-Narunaite, having been a pupil of the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. He studied at the Vilnius Ciurlionis music college, under Romanas Armonas and then at the St Petersburg Conservatory under Prof. Anatoli Nikitin. In 1993 he became a student of David Geringas in Lubeck, and in 1996 became Solo Cello of the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Vytautas Sondeckis is also a successful Crossover/ Electronic/Jazz musician. He has collaborated with Marius Adomaitis, Ten Walls, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Lars Danielsson, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen, Egidijus Buozis, Jacky Terasson, Suzy Hildegard, Caecilie Norby, De Phazz and Brian Eno. Vytautas Sondeckis records available on EMI, Universal, Warner, ECM, Naxos labels.


Verene Andronikof first studied law st Sorbonne in Paris and Kings College London. She also studied with late Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi and decided to dedicated her career to music. Verene performes internationally including Tbilissi Opera, Usedom Musikfestival and Liszt en Provence. She is a soloist at Liepaia, Klaipeda, and Kristiansand Symphonic Orchestras. She lives in France and Germany.

Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Norilsk. Published by White Space Gallery, London UK. In English and Russian, first edition of 1000. Paperback, 70 pages. ISBN: 978-1-9999442-0-9. Printed by Wilco Art Books, Netherlands. Photographs: Grigoriy Yaroshenko. Essay: Andreas Petrossiants. Translated into Russian by Natalia Rubinstein.


Anya Stonelake


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