Nadia Sablin October 8, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Russia.
A six-letter word for…, Russia 2010
Nadia Sablin (b. 1980, Soviet Union) and spent her adolescence in the American Midwest. After completing an MFA degree at Arizona State University, she now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her photographs have been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Wall Space gallery and Jen Bekman gallery among others. In 2011 Nadia was one of the winners of the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, as well as receiving the SPE award for innovation in imaging. She was recently awarded the Puffin grant in photography for her work on the Two Sisters project. Her photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
About the Photograph:
“The Two Sisters project explores the lives of two unmarried sisters living in Northwest Russia. The two women, my aunts, are in their seventies, but carry on a traditional way of life, chopping wood for heating the house, bringing water from the well and making their own clothes. As they get older, they are less and less able to perform the grueling tasks of running their small farm and spend more time resting. My photographs of them are a meditation on aging, family and a sense of belonging. The house in which Aleftina and Ludmila live was built by their father, my grandfather. The rugs are weaved by their mother. They contribute to the home as well, with new wallpapers, hand-sewn curtains, quilts and lace. Handwritten recipes are folded to contain seeds for planting, or rolled up balls of stray hair. I took this photograph after showing up, unannounced, after being away for a year. So absorbed were they by their task, that they had to finish the puzzle before making tea and catching up. I gladly offered my help.”