10 Mar-18 Apr 2008. The Grazia Neri Gallery displays work by the Russian photo-reporter Sergey Maximishin. Twenty years after the Perestroika reforms and the subsequent break-up of the former Soviet block, Russia still hovers between modernity and tradition. Maximishin looks at the difficulties and contradictions of every day life in a country that is changing profoundly and violently, but that is still anchored to tradition.
From Moscow to Kamchatka, from St Petersburg to Chechenya, the country faces many common problems such as poverty, illnesses, war, greed, all portrayed by Maximishin. The contemporary Russia is full of contradictions: real people alongside the fake zars, modernity and retrograded realities, the love for country and dangerous nationalism. What remains today of the ex-empire of the zars of Communism is still a mystery that Maximishin doesn