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Maskirovka, 2017

Photography and Film

Tobias Zielony's new work produced in Ukraine between 2016 and 2017 focuses on the underground queer and techno scene in Kyiv in the aftermath of the 2013 revolution. The term 'maskirovka' describes a tradition of Russian warfare tactics of deception. The so called "green men" that occupied Crimea and helped pro-russian forces in Eastern Ukraine were in fact Russian special forces wearing face masks to hide their identities and starting a hybrid war that was never officially declared. The recent political developments as well as the Russian interference into the country's internal affairs could be seen as sad travesty in which everything is possible but nothing seems to be real. All levels of life are compromised into a situation in which there is no right or wrong anymore.

In addition to the forty-two photographs in the “Maskirovka” series, Tobias Zielony´s stay in Kyiv resulted in an animated film for which Zielony assembled 5,400 individual images from his camera. Pictures from the club, from the street, from Maidan and the many news reports about Kyiv and the action on the frontline, captured on television screens. The film is divided into two visual planes for its entire duration, alternating between them five times per second. Intercutting the memory of pictures that have only just faded away with new ones pressing in on the viewer, the stroboscopic flickering image weaves a nervous quilt of short-lived impressions. It is the culmination of Tobias Zielony’s contemporary narrative on the many-faced reality of Ukraine today and the conflicting claims of diverse actors struggling to occupy the country’s contested symbolic and political space and dominate its representation. Pictures, suggestions, masquerade are part and parcel of war. And, no less importantly, of peaceful resistance.

Tobias Zielony, Shine, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Make Up, 2017, archival pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Smoke, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Man, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Maria, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Spark, 2017, archival pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Mask, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Speed, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Model, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tower, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Night, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, UFO, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Cover, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Dog, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Evgenij, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Figure, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Fire, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Kira, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Path, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Velvet, 2017, archival pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Kyiv, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Plant, 2017, archival pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Winter, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, LED, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Lesha, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, River, 2017, archival pigment print, 70 x 105 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Yard, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Rynok, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Light, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Line, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Secret, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Shed, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Lybid, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Aluminium, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Anastasia, 2017, archival pigment print, 105 x 70 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Andrej, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Apartment, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, At the Garages, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Away, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Balcony, 2017, archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Blue, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Closer, 2017, archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm, Edition of 6 + 2AP

Archival pigment prints, Ed. 6 + 2AP

Maskirovka, 2017 (Trailer)

Single channel HD video, stop motion, 2:3, color, slient, 8:46 min

Tobias Zielony

Born in 1973 in Wuppertal, Germany, Tobias Zielony studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, before he continued with artistic photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig under Timm Rautert in 2001. Tobias Zielony is known for his photographic depiction of juvenile minorities in suburban areas – a subject he already set out with during his studies in Newport. For his first book project “Behind the Block” (2004) he then extended his research to a total of four European cities to observe adolescents in public spaces often during night times. Themes and social realities his research touches upon include structural change, migration and drug abuse, as well as sexwork as shown in “Big Sexyland” (2006-2008) and “Jenny, Jenny” (2013). For “Manitoba” (2009-2011) Tobias Zielony spent time with adolescents of indigenous origins living in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, Canada. His critical approach to documentarism manifests in a specific aesthetic and relationship with fiction. People are often portrayed in a casual fashion that is sensitive of the visual language, gestures and poses a person uses to set their stage. In 2015 the artist participated at a group show for the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale with his work “The Citizen” (2015). He had group shows for example at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2015) and the 2nd Montevideo Biennial (2014) and solo shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011) and Berlinische Galerie (2013). He participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, and was awarded the Karl-Ströher-Preis in 2011.



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