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private moon by leonid tishkov travels across the world
mar 25, 2013
private moon by leonid tishkov travels across the world


‘private moon’ by leonid tishkov travels the world
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

moscow born physician turned avant-garde artist leonid tishkov has been travelling around the world with his mobile art installation ‘private moon’ – telling the story of ‘a man who met the moon and stayed with her forever’, says tishkov. the project captures a series of stylized and sentimental photographs of himself with a large artificial illuminated crescent moon, which are taken at various locations across china, new zealand, taiwan, the arctic, and france.

 

‘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 fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.’

‘moon and hunter’ at the magdalena fjord
image courtesy leonid tishkov

‘private moon’ in the arctic
image courtesy leonid tishkov

private moon in kaohsiung, taiwan – tianliao
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘the lake filled with peace
and me too. i caught a fish but catch the moon.
would stay here forever,
but there will come a new scurry day
and the moon run away!’

‘the crane for the moon’, kaohsiung, taiwan – xiaogang container yard
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘autumn swans are all gone.
i am sick at inappropriate time,
everyone has gone to the moon for a feast.
i ask my close friends
to steal the moon
and hang it on my window.’

‘at the straw store’ in kaohsiung, taiwan
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘hats, bags and umbrellas are all for sale
they are made of straws and almost free!
buy something, strange foreigner!
except that the moon will be never yours
you can only take away some moonlight’

‘the man and the moon’ kaohsiung, taiwan
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

‘on the boat’, kaohsiung, taiwan
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘we are waiting with the moon
for the fishermen returning late.
red flags and the yellow moon
are reflected in the sea.
where is my reflection?

has it fled with chang’e?


‘under broken bridge’ in kaohsiung, taiwan
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘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.’

private moon in kaohsiung, taiwan – at dashu sanhe kilns
photo © po-I chen
image courtesy leonid tishkov

 

 

 

‘the mountains parted and the moon
came out of the clouds.
now my path is clear and straight.
but my life may not be long enough
to get the lighthouse
where three rivers join together’ 

‘private moon’, 2002-2005
images courtesy leonid tishkov & boris bendikov

 

 

 

‘the moscow moon
in a starless sky
has sat down on the edge of a roof’

‘private moon’, 2002-2005
images courtesy leonid tishkov & boris bendikov

 

 

 

 ’like a lunar unicorn
under the covers she
shines even brighter’

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