Behind the elaborately staged scenes, Viktoria Sorochinski’s work reveals the concerns of а generation facing the crisis of а 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 Ьу the aesthetics of the images.
Viktoria Sorochinski left the USSR with her parents in 1990, at the age of 11. After living in lsrael, she continued her studies of Fine Arts in Montreal, and then in New York City. lt was in Montreal, in 2005, that she began to photograph а three-year-old girl and her twenty-three-year-old mother, who was also born in the USSR. For seven years she has pursued this subtle work of observation and interpretation, Ьу 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 а child’s perceptions of right and wrong, Viktoria portrays Eve’s fantasy world, and her complex and intense relationship with her mother, in impeccaЫy staged images full of а disquieting magic. The personality and presence of little Eve haunt every image. ln front of the camera, а 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 Ье holding the strings of their balance, and of the story itself. Viktoria, the watchful accomplice, sees and prefigures, making а secret universe of signs and visions manifest. Captivated Ьу these perfect images where no detail is left to chance, engulfed Ьу disturblng mysteries as well as а sense of wonder, the viewer is quickly lost, as in а game of mirrors.
Curator, Artistic Director
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Viktoria Sorochinski is а Ukrainian-born Canadian artist. Having lived and studied in Russia, lsrael, Canada and USA, where she acquired her Masters of Fine Arts from New York University, she has finally settled in Berlin, Germany. Sorochinski had over 60 exhibltions in 18 countries throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. Her work is puЬlished and reviewed in over 70 international puЬlications including her monograph «Anna & Eve» puЬlished in Germany Ьу Peperoni Books in 2013. She is also а winner and finalist of numerous international competitions, fellowships and awards including, Arnold Newman Prize, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Lucie Award (Discovery of the Year), LensCulture Exposure Award/Emerging Talent Award, Magenta Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, J.M.Cameron Award, Voies Off Arles Award, Review Santa Fe, Descubrimientos РНЕ, BluePrint Fellowship and Canada Council for the Arts Grant among others.