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Distanced From The Source group exhibit

When the USSR collapsed and millions of former Soviet citizens became immigrants, those who were at a formative age range at the time had a unique set of experiences that were shared by neither their parents, nor those who came after them. Weened very suddenly from the stability of their homeland’s culture and language at a time when they were too young to coherently express their particular experiences, the artists among them have developed a vision unlike any other.
Twenty years later, the last Soviet children living in diaspora are a universal presence, and an under-studied phenomenon. Whatever degree of abstraction defines their thinking, self-identification, and work, it is all in one sense or another the self-portraiture of individuals seeking for themselves in a great existential sea of sweeping change, absorbing and expressing the psychology of otherness as a fundamental part of their identity, and attempting to find a context for themselves.
Distanced From the Source is a group show of 5 artists who were born and partially raised in the Soviet Union, and who have lived in diaspora for roughly the last 20 years. Their work explores the themes of otherness-as-identity through the mediums of photography, painting, video installation, and recorded oral history.
IRINA KHOKHLOVA – VIDEO INSTALLATION
VIKTORIA SOROCHINSKI – PHOTOGRAPHY
DAN VEKSLER – VIDEO ART
ANYA ROZ – PHOTOGRAPHY
POLINA BARSKAYA – PAINTING

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