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This Russia

This Russia

Irina Rozovsky

April 18, 2011 – June 3, 2011

Reception: April 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In the summer of 2008, Irina returned to Russia for the first time since she and her family left exactly twenty years before. To Irina, Moscow was wrapped in a haze that rose like a mirage. These photographs describe a place both real and imagined by years of absence and the disorientation of being a stranger in a familiar land.  These images look for what has been left behind and disconnected—This Russia—its crumbling buildings, searching faces—its fairytale drenched in redeeming, yellow light, nostalgia tinged with harsh reality.

About the Artist: Irina Rozovsky (b. 1981, Moscow) immigrated to the United in 1988.  She received a BA in French and Spanish Literature from Tufts University and an MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art.  Her works has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the New York Photo Festival (2008), Rencontres at Arles, France (2009), 31 Women in Photography curated by Charlotte Cotton (2010), PhotoEspana (2010), Exposure at the Photographic Resource Center (2010), and at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (2010).  She was the 2009 finalist of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant and the 2010 finalist of the Magnum Expression Award.  Her first monograph One to Nothing was recently published by Kehrer Verlag (2011).  Irina teaches photography at Art Institute of Boston and at the International Center of Photography, New York.

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