A personal exhibition by Rashit Safiullin, the designer of Stalker, will be held for the film's 40th anniversary at the 13th Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival. The show will be open at the Sixth Floor Contemporary Art Workshop.
Rashit Safiullin worked on designs for Stalker for several years. He conceived and created the famous artificial sets for the location shoots, including the large-scale Zone set. His work contributed to the artistic nature of the film's each shot, in which everything matters: composition, colors' correspondence, collision of surfaces and textures.
Andrey Tarkovsky thought in images, and Stalker's designer had to be an interpreter: the complex language of Tarkovsky's images had to be transposed carefully onto the set, onto locations, and translated into the language of a material world. Precise correspondence with directorial vision was paramount – that was why Tarkovsky listed himself as the lead designer in the credits. Rashit Safiullin could understand Tarkovsky better than most, and thus was trusted to complete the most complex creative tasks. Conditions weren't always easy: sometimes solutions had to be found on the go, and the crew would invent sophisticated mechanisms and create material imagery from improvised means.
The exhibition will showcase original sketches for Stalker's set designs, photographs from the set, archive materials, unique documentary footage, and Portal: an installation created specifically for the exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear Rashit Safiullin's reminisce on his work on Stalker: interviews with the artist were recorded for the exhibition and will be made available (Russian only).