The basis for my work is a desire to negotiate the psychological echoes of a personal history set against a backdrop of political and social change in the former Soviet Union. My ambitions as a photographer are informed by a childhood spent moving between Russia and the US. I am looking to understand the nature and meaning of Place, as defined by national identity and history, and as a space fictionalized and manufactured. Set against this landscape are the complex lives I encounter, each subject a reflection of the paradoxical time, but also a version of myself that never left Moscow: an aging dissident, a nouveau riche housewife, a young mother. The pictures map my own history, both imagined and received, which had until now only existed as a projection of childhood memories.
Sasha Rudensky was born in 1979 in Moscow, Russia. She received her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2008 and BA from Wesleyan University in 2001. She was the recipient of the Ward Cheney Memorial Award from Yale University in 2008, Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship in 2004-2005, and Leica/Jim Marshall Award and Jessup Prize in 2001. Her work has been shown at Danziger Projects, New York; Gallery 339 in Philadelphia; Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong, China; Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York; Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT and others. This summer she will be included in “reGeneration2: Photographers of Tomorrow Today” at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sasha is currently a Visiting Professor of Art at Wesleyan University.
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