Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel 

Born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Alexey Titarenko has been taking photographs for over thirty years, in four major cities: St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel at the Nailya Alexander Gallery brings together, for the first time, prints from every phase of Titarenko’s career, including rarely exhibited photomontages from the his first major series, Nomenclature of Signs; key photographs from his groundbreaking series City of Shadows; and never-before-seen work produced within the past year.

© Alexey Titarenko

For Titarenko, the city not only shapes and influences each individual’s mindset and point of view; it is also a creative force, the architect of narratives in which each of us becomes his or her own distinct character. As an artist, his work is to bring to light these stories through his own lens, and to outline their symbolic meaning. As he writes in his essay City of Shadows, “Universal emotions perpetuated during the last century…constitute the main themes of my photographs, to the extent of transforming the most documentary among them into elements of a novel — not reportage, but a novel, whose central theme is the human soul.”

© Alexey Titarenko

Nailya Alexander Gallery presents Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel, on view Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, May 20. For more information follow the link.

Tom’s Hut in Wienerwald

This simple house designed by Raumhochrosen is strongly related to its surroundings, it follows the outline of a dilapidated predecessor building and was drawn around a man and his passions. The hut can be opened to different views. Prefabricated from wood, everything necessary is located in a small space. A distinctive structural identity becomes a partner, a place of retreat, but also hospitality and personal development. Find, seek shelter, rest, nourish and find harmony. Then look out. Vision.



Cefn Castell in Criccieth North Wales



Cefn Castell by stephenson STUDIO is a new build contemporary family home on an isolated cliff top location overlooking Cardigan bay in Criccieth North Wales. It is a replacement for a dilapidated 400 year old former cottage that stood on the site.


The new house is designed using solid, void and frame as new elements in glass and render,  with the backdrop of a monumental natural stone wall constructed from the remains of the existing cottage which envelopes the new house. The plan maximises panoramic views from each room, and also links a series of inner spaces internal to external via the use of expansive sliding glazed screens.

Enamelware Museum and Cultural Centre in Shanghai

Perforated-aluminium screens zigzag around the walls of this cylindrical arts museum in Shanghai, which was designed by Wutopia Lab and features a 1970s-style rockery.


Local architecture studio Wutopia Lab was asked to create the museum for the former manager of an enamelware factory, who wanted a space to showcase Chinese craft products – including metalware decorated with elaborate enamel patterns.



Urban Family Farm 

In the words of the artist Domenico Franco:

The successful series LEGO outside LEGOLAND urged me to continue my research focused on the objectivity of the photographic sign, thus undermining the tangible concreteness of the exterior world. I titled “City Playground” an ongoing ironic project where over-sized toys are placed in the city (till now the city of Rome) making surrealistic scenarios.


In this second chapter the Fisher-Price family farm plays the leading role: I received it when I was 3 and it was the first time that I touched a complete scaled “architecture”. The aged and heavy playworn iconic toy becomes a landmark to fill empty spaces or to highlight forgotten or shabby places making the people think about spontaneous transformation of the contemporary city, reinventing each time, as graffiti do, the urban space.


See more of his work here.

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