Vitaly Severov

Vitaly Severov
(b.1996) is documentary photographer and visual artist, born Severodvinsk, lives in Saint Petersburg. Graduated Academy of photojournalism and documentary Fotografika (2015-2017). Had incomplete higher education in media communications (University of Cinema and Television, StPetersburg, 2014-2017).

Severov's debut project published as hand made leporello "Summer Shore" by Fotografika Publishing in fall of 2020 in a limited edition of 125 copies. The book is in the collection of Yumi Goto, Regina Anzenberger, library GARAGE (Moscow) and others in Europe. Has publications in Phases Magazine, C4 Journal, Republic, V-A-C Sreda. Since the fall of 2023 his current project "Memories of The Future" supported by the V-A-C Foundation (ГЭС-2) grant program.
St. Petersburg
Artist Statement
Vitaly Severov conducts long term documentary projects and with an emphasis on field work.

For his debut project Summer Shore (2016-2019) Severov traveled to old villages of the Pomors (native people of White sea) on Summer shore – a coastal area of the White sea on the Arctic of Russia. Observing the polar day and night and the disappearance of the Pomorian culture, he told the story of his family which is bound to this place. This resulted in a hand-made book, editions of which were published in fall of 2020.

In his current project "Memories of The Future" (2019- ) Severov works with post-documentary photography, touching on the relationship between human memory and the environment, rethinking the heritage of the USSR, post-colonialism, the future of nuclear waste and their related semiotics. For this project he traveled to the North-West of Russia and regions of the Caucasus and Near East. Severov works with found materials (paper, technics) from abandoned industrial and military zones, and experiments with old digital printing, creating large-scale photo installations on found materials of the USSR era.

Key projects
Summer shore
Memories of the future
Installation views
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