Nadia Sablin was born in Leningrad, USSR, and moved to the US when she was 12. She grew up in Cleveland Ohio and went to New York to the Rochester Institute where she received her BFA in commercial photography. After serving in the Peace Corp in the Ukraine, Sablin went to Arizona State University and completed her MFA in Photography. Currently, Sablin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, dividing her time between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia.
This photograph is from an ambitious photography project called, “ Alehovshchina: Two Sisters” where she creates visual memories, essentially portraits of family and the past. The setting is Alehovshchina, a remote area in Russia, which for Sablin, had a rich family history in the place. Returning to Russia for the first time in 2008, Sablin collected stories and photographed her two aunts, Aleftina and Ludmila, in their daily routines untouched by time. This interior shot has an elegant quality of light as well as an honesty and directness that becomes almost poetic.
Nadia Sablin has completed other photographic series. “Together and Alone” also relates to her interest in cultural identity and personal history. She has exhibited widely.
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