From the event Zone. Rashit Safiullin's Exhibition

June 18–30, 2019
Sheremetievsky ave, 27, Humanities Department of the Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology
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).
Born in 1949 in Bugulma. Graduated from the Kazan Art School, member of the Artists Union since 1977. Painter, drawing artist, enameller and designer, Safiullin has worked on books, theater, film and animation, as well as interior and exterior design and exhibitions. Safiullin designed sets for Andrey Tarkovsky's stage production of Hamlet (1977) and films: Stalker (1979, dir. A. Tarkovsky), The 13th Disciple (1987, dir. S. Babayan), Harvest Time (2004, dir. Marina Razbezhkina), and others. He also created sets for other theater productions: Midsummer Night Dream, Don't Leave Your Loved Ones (1982, dir. L. Verzub, Kazan), Love Jazz and the Devil (dir. A. Klokov, Kirov), and others. He has designed exhibitions on Andrey Tarkovsky's work in Moscow, Bazarai concert hall, and Women of Caucasus exhibition; he is curator of permanent exhibition at the History and Culture Museum in Zavrazhye, designer of the Archeology Museum in Sviyazhsk, creator of the animated panel Grad Sviyazhsk, etc. Safiullin has had personal shows at the Central Artist House in Moscow, the Literature Museum, the Cinema House, the Sviyazhsk Enamel Museum, as well as the Flight over the Black Lake exhibition in Kazan. His works are permanently stored and exhibited in the Tatarstan State Museum of the Arts in Kazan, the State Literature Museum in Moscow, and in private collections in Japan, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and Russia. He lives and works in Sviyazhsk.

Rashit Safiullin
Artist, curator. Member of the Artists Union since 2011. Participant of numerous exhibitions and festivals. Nominee of the Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award. Personal exhibitions: Physical Evidence (2018), Utensils.365 (2016). Co-curator and designer of over twenty exhibitions: Children's Drawings Museum (2019), Revision: Spaces and Communities (2018), Attention, Children (2018), The Voice Receded (2017), Closer to Humanity. Anna Ikonnikova's Exhibition (2016), Zoopsychosis (2016), Video Parlor at the New Museum (2015), House of Voices on Language's Fields, Part 2 (2015), Balabanov. Intersections (2015), What About Love? (2014), and others. Designer of Fedor Khitruk's Century (2017) exhibition. Polina works and lives in Saint Petersburg.

Polina Zaslavskaya