Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist

Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist


Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist

Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist


Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist

Private Moon. 2003–2017. Light installation, photographs, video. Courtesy of the artist


Private Moon

Light installation, photographs, video
2003–2017

Private Moon is a visual poem telling the story of a man who once met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life, traveling with it all around the world.

Since people began to travel, they established a tradition to record their travel experiences. The written description of journey was often accompanied by sketches. Leonid Tishkov continues this tradition by placing an artificial moon each time at a new location such as landscape of open terrain, balconies and gardens of citizens, walls of clubs, abandoned buildings or power plants, and documenting these views. Located in unusual ways and illuminating objects around it, the traveling crescent moon offers viewers and random passers-by to experience the sensation of fabulousness of existence. Hence, a viewer finds himself inside the installation, becoming a character and partaker of events, experiences poetic state in our prosaic postindustrial time.

The artwork travels all around the world. The Moon has visited Siberia and Ural, Saint Petersburg, Lvov, Riga, Paris, Berlin, Prague, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Japan, Singapore, China, Taiwan, USA. According to the artist, "The real Moon travels around the Earth illuminating beautiful landscapes of our beloved planet with its magic light – and that it why I decided to make the same journey with my Private Moon. It will be a somewhat longer journey that one orbit of the Moon around the Earth. A lifelong journey!"


Leonid Tishkov (b. 1953, Nizhniye Serghi, Russia) – artist, lives and works in Moscow. Graduated from the Sechenov Moscow Medical Institute. Works with installation, sculpture, video, photography, and book illustration. His works are in collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and many Russian museums.