This week marks the release of Russian designer, photographer and filmmaker Gosha Rubchinskiy’s latest photobook, Youth Hotel, which will be published in a limited-edition run by IDEA books at Dover Street Market.
Rubchinskiy’s work always comes highly coveted, from his sell out clothing collections, to his ever popular photobooks – his Crimea / Kids photozine sold out in a mere two days, and Youth Hotel has already sold out pre-sale.
Before turning his focus to fashion, the young polymath amassed a substantial body of photography work, aiming his lens towards the raw energy of Russian underground subculture. As with his collections, Russia’s post-Soviet youth define his photography – his catwalk models are street-cast from Russia’s streets and skateparks – the images in Youth Hotel were taken over the course of a year and are dominated by Rubchinskiy’s snaps of friends.
There’s a pulsating beat that runs deep through his aesthetic – via all mediums – born out of the juxtaposition between Brutalist Soviet imagery and the progressive millennial generation that Rubchinskiy belongs to. The images in Youth Hotel harness that quality, intimate and honest in their portrayal.
And here’s the pull, to celebrate the release Gosha will be in London signing copies of the Youth Hotel at Dover Street Market at 6pm on Thursday 15th October as part of the stores Frieze Week Open Night programme of events. As ever, demand is sky high, so set your alarms.