Ballet 2008, from the series, This Russia
|"For me, a lasting image reveals the photographer's emotional dedication, sincerity and captivation with the subject. In a way, I photograph not to record the facts, but to capture proof of a feeling." —Irina Rozovsky|
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This exhibition consists of two series from Irina Rozovsky: This Russia presents Rozovsky’s encounter with her native Russia when she returned for the first time in 2008 after leaving there as a child. Her ambiguous and beautiful images emerge from a struggle to engage her family and cultural origins; calling to mind her own recollections, memories and yearnings. In One to Nothing Rozovsky traveled through Israel, finding in the mundane fabric of the everyday life that she encountered in that strife-torn and troubled country the manifestation of the immense and continuing struggle that continues to rage there.
"In the summer of 2008, I returned to Russia for the first time since my family left exactly twenty years before. As the plane began its descent and Moscow’s boulevards became visible below, I remembered an idea that gripped me as a child: growing up in a suburban New England town, I questioned if my American existence was nothing more than the elongated dream of a seven-year-old girl left napping in her grandmother’s apartment in Moscow. I entertained that at any moment I just might wake up, in that darkened room with its blue wallpaper, and everything would be back to where we left off, as if my family’s immigration and everything since, never happened. As life took root here, this vision eventually faded and Russia became a distant, miniature landscape on the face of a lacquered box, a place in books, old photographs and in my parents’ stories. The summer I returned, Moscow was wrapped in a haze that rose like a mirage. Stepping into the heat and looking around, I began to rub two decades of sleep from my eyes." —Irina Rozovsky
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All images are Archival Pigment Prints.
|White Church, 2008, from the series,
|Untitled, 2011, from the series, One to Nothing||The Customer, 2008, from the series, This Russia|
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