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Sword of Damocles. Pavel Platonov

FotoDepartament Gallery

presents an exhibition under the program Green, showing young Russian photographers:

Pavel Platonov / Rostov-on-Don
Sword of Damocles / Damoclis gladius

19 November – 17 December’ 2011

Exhibition opening: 19 November, Saturday / 17.00-20.00
Held at: FotoDepartament Gallery

Sword of Damocles – according to Greek legend, Panderingof the Dionysius I – tyrant of Syracuse, Damocles exclaimed that Duonysius is a great man of power and authority surrounded by magnificence. Dionysius then offered to switch places with Damocles, so that Damocles could taste that very fortune first hand. Damocles sat down in the king’s throne surrounded by every luxury, but Dionysius arranged that a huge sword should hang above the throne, held at the pommel only by a single hair of a horse’s tail. Damocles finally begged the tyrant that he be allowed to depart, because he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.
The Sword of Damocles is frequently used epitomizing the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

About Pavel Platonov
21 years old. Rostov –on-Don.  He began to experiment with photography several years ago. Now he study at the Architectural University and make installations with complex geometric objects. Participated in the exhibition of Contemporary Russian photography – territories of Desire, which has been held in the frame of international photography festival Backlight 2011 Tampere Art Museum (Finland)




The program of “FotoDepartament” gallery exhibitions
Pavel Platonov / Rostov-on-Don/ 19 November- 16 December’ 2011
Alexander Sedelnikov/ Saint-Petersburg/ “See you later” / 17 December’2011- 27 January’ 2012
Stas Markov/ Moscow/ 28 January – 2 March’ 2012
Anton Sokolov/ Saint-Petersburg / 3 March- 6 April’ 2012

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