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Houston Center for Photography

Online Exhibition: 2017 HCP Fellowship Honorable Mention

Friday, May. 12, 2017 – Sunday, Jul. 2, 2017

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Jenia Fridlyand
Entrance to Our Valley

"Entrance to Our Valley" is a body of work in progress that was conceived as the story of Anton Chekhov’s "Cherry Orchard" transported to another time, reversed left to right and flipped upside down on the ground glass of my view camera. A century later, on the other side of the globe, descendants of Eastern European Jews, who were not allowed to own land in Imperial Russia, take the place of hereditary Russian aristocrats, and are attempting to create what the characters in the play lost: an inhabited piece of land, a home, an identity. As the project continues to evolve, the narrative of our family as first-generation immigrants starting a new life on a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley becomes entwined with the history of this wondrous region itself.

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