MANEZH SQUARE is a 3D Photo-Composite constructed from Hi-8mm video still frames. The original material is a continuous 20-minute recording of a massive demonstration (supporting political and economic reforms) in Manezh Square, Moscow, in September, 1990. The mural was composed by selecting and removing figures from various places in the real-time duration of the scene and reassembling them into one, ‘photographic-instant’.

MANEZH SQUARE, MOSCOW. SEPTEMBER 16, 1990. It is a huge demonstration which has marched for hours from Puskin Square to Manezh Square. It is also the first real test of the depth of perestroika with it’s claims of popular democracy. It is organized in support of Gorbachev, and of Yeltsin, who are seen as committed to far-reaching economic and political reforms but who are in need of massive shows of public support in order to defeat the resurgent Communist elements within the regime. The sense of possibility is palpable in the crowd, so is the sense of uncertainty.

Artist Bios

  • Ken Kobland

    Since the early 1970’s Ken Kobland has produced independent film, video and media art works, including a number of performance/media pieces for theatrical presentation in collaboration with THE WOOSTER GROUP, the New York based experimental theater.

    His work has been included in numerous film and video festivals such as: New York Film Festival(Avant-Garde section), Ann Arbor, CinemaTexas, Bellevue, Sinking Creek, Athens (Ohio), Atlanta Film Festival, American Film Festival (Film-as-Art), San Francisco Film Festival (Golden Gate Awards), Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Montreal, Oberhausen (West Germany), Hyeres (France), Melbourne (Australia), Montbeliard (France), Rotterdam, Video Week (Geneva), World-Wide (Holland), Lucarno (Switzerland), VideoKunst (Karlsruhe), the New York Video Festival, and at the Berlin Film Festival – International Forum. In addition his work has been represented in shows in London, Paris, Sidney, Budapest, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Bangkok. The work is also in the collection of museums, including MoMA,New York, Centre Pompidou,Paris and the Stjedlick,Amsterdam, among others.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Manezh Square

 archive : 2013

Featuring: Ken Kobland

Curated by: Dave Shelley

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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