Chance Encounters: Portraits from Sovfoto

September 5, 2015 – November 15, 2015

R. Karmen, Mme. Eliane Dardain, ca. 1945, gelatin silver print.

Chance Encounters: Portraits from Sovfoto
September 5 to November 15, 2015
Joan Lehman Gallery

This exhibition features portraits of well-known and anonymous Soviet men and women, all of whom suggest competing personal, cultural and political narratives. They hint at complex life histories—tragedies and triumphs alongside everyday concerns—while maintaining an inherent tension based on their inclusion in a sanitized, state controlled archive.