From Where My Parents Came: Portraits from the Ukraine

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Katherine Turczan
December 19, 1997 - February 8, 1998
Minnesota Artists Gallery

This exhibition portrayed contemporary Ukrainian women and children undergoing the extraordinary changes of the post-Communist era. Photographer Katherine Turczan has made portraits for the past thirteen years and since 1991 has photographed and interviewed the women of her parents' homeland, the Ukraine. This recent work reveals both the dignity and the subjugation of women whose culture is in economic, political, and psychological upheaval.

Ukrainian society once advocated gender equality, but now many of its women are subservient. Some have sought shelter in convents; others are prostitutes. Turczan's pictures reflect her desire to let these women express their plight. She believes that portraits have power to convey the truth about existence and to mirror the physical, intellectual, and emotional complexities of the world we live in.

The exhibition of twenty-four large-scale gelatin silver prints (shots with an 8-by-10-inch camera) included quotations from Turczan's subjects.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, December 18, 1997.
  • Photography Council Event: January 5, 1998. Gallery tour by Katherine Turczan.

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