Elizaveta Konovalova

Born in 1986 in Moscow. Lives and works in Paris and Moscow.
Graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Represented by Galerie Florent Maubert, Paris.

This project deals with the connection between two cities on the opposite shores of the Pacific: Vladivostok and San Francisco. The match comes for the first time in 1959, when Nikita Khrushchev, fascinated by America after his first trip, says that Vladivostok will one day become the second San Francisco. Since then, the aspiration towards the other side haunts the imagination of the inhabitants. This fantasy fades with Soviet urbanism. However, the image of San Francisco revives and fits into the landscape of Vladivostok with the Roussky Bridge, erected in 2012, instantly recalling the famous Bay Bridge. Paradoxically, the most sought after view of the bridge opens from the half-empty parking lot.
San Francisco seeks to define the spirit of the place in this face-to-face, where the two landscapes - the near and the far - coexist and contradict each other at the same time. The central element of the installation is the shooting, carried out by a garage transformed into a pinhole camera - the "postcard" view produced by the back of the set.