Meeting with Anton Solomoukha “Little Red Riding Hood Visits the Louvre”
If he were a character in a fairy tale, he would probably be named “Cheery Eccentric”. Anton Solomoukha
might indeed enjoy that. Fairy tales -- Little Red Riding Hood amongst others -- fascinate this voluble painter-turned-photographer whose work breathes irony and erotic fantasy.
Born in Kiev, in Soviet-controlled Ukraine, Solomoukha boasts of never having suffered under Communism. In 1978, at the age of 29, he nevertheless seized an opportunity to emigrate, arriving in Paris at a time when it was “absolutely impossible” he says, to leave the USSR. How did he do it? Easy. “I married a woman who was doing a doctorate in musicology in Kiev. Her mother was from Guadalupe. I told the Soviet authorities I wanted to go to France to study the plight of workers from Guadalupe. Thanks to my wife’s French nationality, the Soviets gave me permission to leave for a month, and I never went back”.
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