»Anna & Eve«
Opening: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 19h
Exhibition: April 13 – June 26, 2016
Curated by Laura Serani & Norbert Wiesneth
+ Framework programme: see below
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10-17h, Wed 10-19h, Sun 11-17h
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Behind the elaborately staged scenes, Viktoria Sorochinski’s work reveals the concerns of a generation facing the crisis of a society undergoing serious transformation. The themes of exile and nostalgia, the search for identity and the deep unease that goes with it, are not overshadowed by the aesthetics of the images.
Viktoria Sorochinski left the USSR with her parents in 1990, at the age of 11. After living in Israel, she continued her studies of Fine Arts in Montreal, and then in New York, where she has acquired her Masters of Fine Arts Diploma. It was in Montreal, in 2005, that she began to photograph a three-year-old girl and her twenty-three-year-old mother, both also Russian. For seven years she has pursued this subtle work of observation and interpretation, by capturing the stages of Eve’s evolution and of her relationship with Anna. Central to this story are the themes of childhood and their corollary of fantasies, fears and the «learning» of motherhood. Drawing on myths, folk tales and popular beliefs, interspersed with a child’s perceptions of right and wrong, Viktoria portrays Eve’s fantasy world, and her complex and intense relationship with her mother, in impeccably staged images full of a disquieting magic.
The personality and presence of little Eve haunt every image. In front of the camera, a strange role-play takes place between the two protagonists, as well as between them and the photographer. Behind the fiction we perceive real tension, Anna’s fragility and Eve’s determination. Like Alice in Wonderland, little Eve ultimately seems to be holding the strings of their balance, and of the story itself.
Viktoria, the watchful accomplice, sees and prefigures, making a secret universe of signs and visions manifest. Captivated by these perfect images where no detail is left to chance, engulfed by disturbing mysteries as well as a sense of wonder, the viewer is quickly lost, as in a game of mirrors.
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12h
Artist talk by Viktoria Sorochinski (admission free)
May 6 – 14 2016
Fact & Fiction | Workshop with Viktoria Sorochinski
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Course: Picture analysis with Bernd Rodrian
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Sunday, June 26, 2016, 12h
Finissage and curator’s tour (admission free)