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Artist Alexander Voitsekhovsky grew up in Leningrad in the 1960s and '70s. Like many of his family he studied medicine, and eventually started working as a doctor in the emergency services in St Petersburg. He started to draw as a student – at lectures, on the train, in shop queues. In 1994, without his knowledge, Alexander’s friends gathered together the pictures he’d given them over the years, framed them, transferred the commentaries he’d written on the back to labels, and hung them in a gallery in St Petersburg. They then had an opening to which they invited everyone they knew – including the artist. 

This recording is in English.