Koto Bolofo and the Big farmers' market
08.08.2012

Koto Bolofo and the Big farmers' market

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July, Koto Bolofo and Wallpaper* were in New Holland's Art Gallery...
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The celebrated photographer - Koto Bolofo made New Holland’s art gallery into a pop-up studio
as he shot some of St Petersburg’s famous faces for the up and coming edition of 
‘Wallpaper* magazine, the ‘Reigning in Russia’ - November issue. 
Allowing the public to observe him and his subjects whilst he worked turned his
documentary photography into a more dramatic live art performance, his inexhaustible
energy and persistent humor over the two days made for a very interesting incite into how
he works as a photographer. 
Here are some images of him at work in the gallery during the shoot:
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Koto with Roxane Chatounovski, Creative Director of IRIS New Holland
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Koto with Sergei Forsov and Mikhail Koetz, of 'Man is God Barbers'
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Piuarch Architects of Quattro Corti/Mansarda restaurant, Francesco Fresa (right) Andrea Fabbri (left)
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Koto with the product designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov under one of his designs
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Koto with the Architect Sergey Bukin
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Koto with Gallerist Marina Gisich

On Saturday 28th July we had the ‘Big Farmer’s market’ with fresh local produce, we talked to some visitors to see what they thought:
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Veronica [the carnivore] Her favourite meat dish is steak!
She had some of Wolkonsky’s sausage rolls and berry juice.
Do you think it’s easy to get fresh products in the city?
 – Yes, it is pretty easy, there are good restaurants and special shops.
 So you think a farmers' market like this is necessary for the city? 
- Yes, they are necessary, they are very interesting and useful. 
Do you ever grow your own produce? 
- No no there is no time!
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Meanwhile OGO! Gardeners' community kitchen garden is coming along beautifully!
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 Masha (in charge of the OGO! city gardeners' kitchen garden)
 Do you grow your own plants?
– Yes, in window boxes outside my house.
 Favourite thing to grow?
- Basil and carrots. 
Do you think it’s easy to get fresh products in the city? 
– Yes it is, but it is better to grow your own! The idea of this market is very good. 
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Olga
Is it easy to get fresh products?
– Not very easy, only in certain shops.
Do you like this farmers' market?
-Yes it’s really nice, it would be even better if there was a bigger range of goods. 
Favourite dish?
– Hummus. 
Do you grow your own plants?
–I don’t at the moment but my parents do! 
Have you bought anything at the market today? 
– Yes, cheese. 

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Alexander (DJ-ing at the event- this is his expression after we asked him to name 
ONE top track!)
What music is appropriate to a market such as this? 
- Something expressive, uplifting. A more retro style is the best approach. 
What music do you like listening to in the summer?
– Bird’s singing in the woods.
 
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(Above right) Anatoly (the carnivore)
Favourite meat dish?
- the all encompassing barbecue.
Have you bought anything here? 
- Yes, fresh water-melon and beer. 
Do you like this farmers' market? 
– Yes, very much it’s lovely and lots of interesting and tasty things.

(Above Left) Seva (the vegan), he stopped eating meat a few years ago. 
How is it being a vegan? 
- It’s a bit lonely, not many of my friends are. 
Favourite dish?
 – Mushroom soup - even when I ate meat it was my favourite! 
Favourite vegetarian place in the city? 
– The Troitsky Bridge café.
Have you bought anything today? 
– Tea and watermelon. 

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Then Made in China played a rousing set for everyone…(above)