Valentin Simankov left home to register at the art school in St. Petersburg, where he studied photography, theater, film, and art directing. After two years he was having profound disagreements with his professors and left school, feeling that the academic framework killed the artist and creativity. He then chose to "unlearn."
As a result of family problems, Simankov's life began to fall apart, and he became engulfed in drugs and alcohol. In 1993, he turned to religion, through which he was able to calm his inner torment. He took a new, personal artistic path, creating photocollages in which he manipulated signs and symbols of society. He works a great deal with superimposition, playing with different kinds of paper. A search for aesthetic is evident-no doubt, the result of his time spent with artworks.
See this work in "PHOTO BRUT : Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie," which is on view now at the Museum
image: Valentin Simankov (1962, Smolensk, Russian Federation), Untitled, Between 1993 and 2015, Felt tip pen, ink, gelatin silver prints, various pieces of paper, and book cover collaged on paper, 32 1/8 x 5 3/8 in., Collection Bruno Decharme, Photo by Ilan Weiss
© Valentin Simankov
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