It is difficult to say who is luckier – the young artist Dmitry Pakhomov or the Message to Man festival. He joined our team in the “wild” 1990s, when the work of each festival required immense effort. The festival was created by a team of enthusiasts: directors Viktor Semenyuk and Boris Peyrik; program coordinators Maria Mass, Alexandra Leybovich, and Antonina Udalova; journalist Olga Sherwood; and many others. The important task that stood before Pakhomov was to create a recognizable “face of the festival,” and he has done a fantastic job. His delicate and witty drawings have adorned every festival catalog for the past 20 years. His posters have attracted attention. They always contain something distinctively St. Petersburg, which does not resemble the St. Petersburg of other artists, but is easily recognizable and well remembered.
Pakhomov is also a talented sculptor. From the young artist Nadya Rusheva’s drawing Little Centaur, he created the festival’s main prize. Dima Pakhomov’s Centaurs have scattered and are scattering across all continents. His Little Centaur sculpture decorates the Dom Kino on Italian Square. It is loved by all – filmmakers, viewers, and especially children, most likely because in his art, Dima always remains a little boy: mischievous, kind, and talented.
Pakhomov has a solo exhibition opening on October 5th at the Gavriil Derzhavin Estate Museum. As it so happens, 55 years ago, he was born in one of the buildings of this estate. The genius of the place determined his fate.
Mikhail Litvyakov, Honorary President of the Festival