Anna & Eve
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 currently lives. 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. Today she still pursues 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. Laura Serani Curator
Viktoria Sorochinski left the USSR with her parents in 1990, aged 11. After living in Israel, she continued her studies of Fine Arts in Montreal, then in New York City, where she acquired her Masters of Fine Arts in 2008. Since 2004 she has been participating in various group and solo exhibitions and international photography festivals in Canada, USA, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, China and Argentina. Her work is recognized by several internationally acclaimed photography competitions and awards among which are Lucie Award (Discovery of the Year), Lens Culture Exposure Award, Magenta Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, J.M.Cameron Award, Voies Off Arles Award, ONWARD, Review Santa Fe, Descubrimientos PHE, BluePrint Fellowship, and Encuentros Abiertos. Her photographs are published in magazines such as EYEMAZING (Nederland), New York Times, PDN (USA), British Journal of Photography(UK), Geo (Italy), Gente di Fotografia (Italy), GUP (Nederland), Vision (China), Images Magazine(France), Le Monde (France), Le Temps Magazine(France), Declic Photo(France), AZART Photo(France), La Lettre(France), Connaissance des Arts(France), POSI+TIVE(France), TELERAMA(France), Monthly Photography (Korea), Companion Photographer (China), BLINK Magazine(Korea), THE PHOTO/ARTVAS(Korea), Newcity Art Review(USA), Planeando Sobre BUE (Argentina), and several web magazines and portals worldwide.
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