Private Moon


Leonid Tishkov & Boris Bendikov are two talented, and genius minded artists from Russia who created a photography project titled “Private Moon” symbolizing the relation man has with the all-powerful and mighty Moon. “Private Moon” is a romantic serie of photographs taken at night depicting their own ‘personal moon’ on rooftops, being carried across a small bridge in the country, floating on a lake and and using it’s light to shine apples.

LeonidTishkov2“What initially inspired the Private Moon series?

 Ten years ago I created this installation with the glowing moon at one of the festivals of contemporary art. I wanted to make a picture of the reality of my favorite artist – Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. After  that I brought the moon to the roof of my studio on a skyscraper on the South of Moscow, where she shone to me personally, and brightened my loneliness.”

“What does this series mean to you?

 This is not just a series – it is a performance of a lifetime! I have traveled Private Moon for ten years and each time the moon reveals more space to me. The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures. And everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairy-tale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.”

LeonidTishkov3“We brought the light-box
And put it on the roof of a school.
Po-I fell! It hurt!
I watched a proof photo in Moscow by email and chose a composition.
I-Ching switched on the light.
And miracle happened to a boy from Xsiaolin village:
The moon came down to him from Heaven!”


LeonidTishkov4“I embrace the moon on a big rock
The rock was cast out from the heaven
And thrown into the valley by typhoon
My embrace is strong and powerful
But still unable to keep the fog in my hands
as life passed away.”




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