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An annual showcase exhibition/live music event where visual and Hip-Hop artists and diverse creative guests meet in a gallery space.

Public view & event: Friday 7th July 7-10pm 

Exhibition Dates: 08.07.2017 – 11.07.2017

Curated by: Marina Antonova


On July 6th, the non-profit Rap-Art brings Vadim Stein’s photography works and four live Hip-Hop acts into the A-side B-side Gallery in an attempt to further merge and collide seemingly-distant art mediums and bring ‘urban’ into a more traditional art space. The purpose of the event is to consciously evolve into a space and time, within the frame of the temporary Gentle Sin exhibition, where creative people of diverse backgrounds are able to spend the evening meeting each other and standing together in an intimate atmosphere of a gallery-come-musical-venue.

Rap-Art recognises the special importance in inclusivity and unity of all variations of creativity and personalities by discovering and involving international visual artists.

Vadim Stein selected for this collaboration, is a photographer who makes Russian dancers the subject of his masterful portraits on a scale that has surpassed the admiring boarders of ballet lovers.  Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1967, and now residing in the picturesque city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vadim had juggled the professions of actor, lighting technician and decorative sculptor before directing those background experiences into photography. The light, the poses, the incredible dynamics of his freeze-frames have contributed into producing each work as undeniable objects of art.

Vadim’s black & white and colour eye-catching portraits of dancers captivate the viewer through capturing the airy elegance and grace of the subject’s movements & strength.  Vadim has explained that through raising the question of aesthetics in his works he hopes to “shed the light onto multiple ethical issues…such as love, hate, death and love as paramount aspects of our society in which beauty is the predecessor of the aesthetic ideal”.

Vadim Stein now works as a photographer, sculptor and stage designer.

The music on the night is generously, and incredibly, provided by Dylan Williams, Hak Baker, Kaniva and Dan Onkar.

The event is free entry.

Gallery opening hours: 10-6pm Thurs-Tues
A-side B-side Gallery
352 Mare Street
(Opposite: Hackney Central station)


For further info or images contact: catherine@asidebsidegallery.com +44 (0) 2085337258