Ferran Mateo

Bathers in the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg #1331


A city has been created; rather looking like a set, it doesn’t belong to the black and illusionist box of a theater, but it lies on the chimerical amplitude of a land of vast steppes. On the stage, silence is darkness, total blackness; however in this city, in the beginning of summer, the nights are white.

There is something on the scale that baffles: every passerby is cut out like a tiny, solitary figure in front of colossal buildings that we imagine empty. Not born in the heat of the hustle and bustle of urban life, nor in the meeting of people, but in the theater of the mind of visionary (perhaps insomniac) rulers, the city preserves its unreality as its most intimate essence. So much so that those who do not know it, we also dream it. (Carlota Subirós)

Original St. Petersburg citadel from 1703 on the small island of Záiachi soon became one of the most feared prisons of the city, through which passed Piotr Kropotkin and Fyodor Dostoievski. It was from this point from where the Winter Palace was bombed during the revolution. During summer season, Petersburgers take advantage of the heat accumulated by the walls for taking baths of sun and, even, a bath in the Nevá.

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50 x 120 cm

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Ferran Mateo

Ferran Mateo is a photographer specialised in landscape, architecture and performing arts. Graduated in Physics and Humanities, he has completed postgraduate studies in Granada (Research and production in art) and Madrid (Diplomacy and International Relations). He has collaborated with national and international architectural offices and he published in several magazines.
He has also been in charge of the investigation and documentation process for theatrical pieces produced by the Catalonian National Theatre and by the Barcelona's Beckett Theatre, as well as by other theatrical, dance and music companies. Among the works belonging to this last section, the audiovisual works for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and for the composer Philip Glass stand out.
Since 2009 she has been developing all his visual projects in collaboration with Marta Rebón (Barcelona, 1976), writer and translator of authors such as Boris Pasternak, Vasili Grossman and Andréi Tarkovski. Together they regularly publish in El País Semanal and have developed projects in Russia, Morocco, Spain, Cuba and Ecuador.