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Family Stories/ Сімейні Оповідання, 2013

ArtPlatz in collaboration with the Kroshytskyi Art Museum, Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine

I mined my maternal grandfather’s stories, detailing his experience as a Ukrainian immigrant to Appalachia, to make the images and video stills for Family Stories/Сімейні Оповідання. The images integrated family photos, traditional Ukrainian material culture, retro Soviet clothing and lifestyle advertisements in addition to postcards with historic and popular culture images of the country dating from before, during, and after it was part of the Soviet Union. The video's audio was a recording of me reciting the poem "Letter to my Ancestors" by Krista Benjamin.

Ukrainian Press
Huffington Post Review

24" x 36"

24" x 36"

24" x 36"

24" x 36"

24" x 36"

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24" x 36"

24" x 36"

24" x 36"

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