Save the date Berliners! Vernissage 11 December 7-9pm. Naked Moscow by Fedya Ili takes place at THE BALLERY. ‘Naked Moscow’ is a photography project. Local guys and couples tell their stories in a series of interviews, posing undressed at iconic city locations – revealing the soul and beauty of their personal connection and the issues they face as gay men in Russia today. The artist’s sensibility, an instrument found rarely in artists today, grants these portraits reliability, not only in terms of the artistry. The artist becomes a chronicler of social environments.

Gay life in Moscow. What does it look like?

Naked Moscow (released in 2018) is a part of the NAKED CITIES project started in 2015 covering Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Paris and Tel Aviv.

The Ballery invites you to the opening of ‘Naked Moscow’, a photography exhibition by Berlin-based artist Fedya Ili.

January 11 – February 13, 2019
Vernissage: 6 pm Thursday 11th January 2019


FEDYA ILI b. 1980 in USSR.
Fedya Ili is a photographer, artist, art director and cosmopolite (he has lived in Moscow, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Thailand, Kiev, Lisbon and Saint Petersburg). Eighteen years of experience in art-direction of glossy magazines and web, interior and graphic design lead him in 2012 to the decision to devote himself to figurative art (fine art and photography) – a changing point in his life. Exploring people’s emotions in relations and studying and understanding these as part of human nature is the main issue of art. Learning from Leonardo’s human body studies to Caravaggio’s and Rodin’s physical and emotional human state and character, to Mapplethorpe’s sexuality research, Fedya Ili is developing these cases further.

The Ballery, located on Nollendorfstrasse in the heart of Schöneberg, opened in October 2014. The Ballery community focuses on a collective of Berlin-based artists coming from all over the world.



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