Toy Story and other works
Solo exhibition of leading Russian contemporary photographer Oleg Dou (b. 1983) at Flatland Gallery
From February 20 until March 27 Flatland Gallery shows Toy Story (2008), works from Naked Faces (2006) and Freaks (2006), of the internationally recognized artist Oleg Dou. With numerous photography awards to his name, Oleg Dou has made a rapid start in the international art scene. In 2007 he was nominated for the Kandinsky Award. In that same year and in 2008 he won the first prize of the International Photography Awards with respectively the series Nuns and Toy Story. Oleg Dou has found his own style in which he can portrait his vision on the human being as a form of protest. Although he astounds us with an unknown, original aesthetic view, he also skins our humanity without compassion.
Nonetheless Dou dares us to discover a personal sign of life in these eclectic portraits: an indefinable emotion, the mystery of a life. Dou wants us to acknowledge our own opinions, impressions and even our prejudices. Through that, Dou explains that we may exchange our 'generalized being' for 'human being'.
Dou: "I am stubborn, ambitious and optimistic by nature, I like being different, and my work, I hope, reflects these features of my character."