At the press conference on September 5, Russian artist Igor Samolet was named the winner of the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists, which was awarded for the fourth consecutive year. The Prize winner receives a financial grant, mentorship support from Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow experts, and an art trip to Switzerland. He also has an opportunity to participate in a Swiss art residency provided by PROGR, an artistic center and cultural hub in Bern. Thanks to the new partnership with Pro Helvetia Moscow, which supports Swiss arts in Russia and promotes cultural exchange, starting from 2020, the laureate’s stay in Switzerland will be extended from one to three months.
The artist’s works combine a range of media and working methods – from photography to multi-part installations. He offers an authentic analysis of the modern people and the transformation of their identities. Igor often depicts his heroes in simulated situations to reveal the underlying patterns of their interpersonal relationships and their heightened sensuality within the digital space. At the fair, the winner of the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists presents photographs from the “Herbarium” series.