A Liminal Square: Portraits from Kiev

PhotographerTatiana Grigorenko
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

A Liminal Square is a series of portraits of people from all walks of life that participated in the recent revolution in Ukraine. The portraits explore the intersection of a major historical event and the personal histories of its participants. Made with a large-format camera, the images favor a measured, steady approach to the study of rapidly evolving political events.

Story

Kiev, late February 2014: Just days earlier, a despised president had been successfully overthrown in a popular uprising. But the revolutionaries are not going home. On these barricades they had found strength, encountered death, discovered hope and solidarity, founded a community. They refuse to let the square be taken away from them. But what comes next? They stand sentinel, holding their breath. In this liminal space, after the fall of the old order and before the rise of a new one, anything is still possible. A Liminal Square is a series of portraits of people from all walks of life that participated in the recent revolution in Ukraine. The portraits explore the intersection of a major historical event and the personal histories of its participants. Made with a large-format camera, the images favor a measured, steady approach to the study of rapidly evolving political events. Tatiana Grigorenko’s interdisciplinary work focuses on the relationship between the individual and his world within an over-arching social-political context. Born in the United States to a family of Soviet political dissidents, history, especially the history of repression, is central to her practice. She is interested in how one navigates and eventually emancipates one’s body, identity and memory from the context of pre-defined social models and “official” histories, discourses and hegemonic narratives. Through collage, photography, video and text, her work examines revolt, resistance, power dynamics and ultimately, their common underlying thread: the search for utopia.

About Photographer

Tatiana Grigorenko was born and grew up in New York City. After a brief stint as a professional ballet dancer, she received her BA in Fine Arts and French in 2003 from Amherst College and her MFA in photography in 2010 from Yale University School of Art. She currently lives in Paris. Tatiana Grigorenko's interdisciplinary work focuses on the relationship between the individual and his world within an over-arching social-political context. Born in the United States to a family of Soviet political dissidents, history, especially the history of repression, is central to her practice. She is interested in how one navigates and eventually emancipates one's body, identity and memory from the context of pre-defined social models and "official" histories, discourses and hegemonic narratives. Through collage, photography, video and text, her work examines revolt, resistance, power dynamics and ultimately, their common underlying thread: the search for utopia. Tatiana is the recipient of fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the Leeds-Marwell Scholarship and the Edward Poole Lay Fellowship. She was featured in Wallpaper Magazine's 2011 directory of "New Graduate Talent to Watch", was named Emerging Photographer of 2009 by the Magenta Foundation and was nominated for grants from Burn Magazine's EPF fund and the Fulbright Foundation. Tatiana exhibits her work internationally. Upcoming exhibitions include a two-person show at Gallery 44 in Toronto, Canada and a solo show at the American University of Paris. Recent institutional group shows include How to Disappear (with Seth Price, Claire Fontaine, Mircea Cantor and Young Hae-Chang's Heavy Industries) at the Luminary Center for the Arts in Saint Louis, MO, Paris Photo in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Yale Art Gallery, Queens Museum and the Belfort International Film Festival in France. Other venues include David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, Eighth Veil Gallery in Los Angeles, and Jason McCoy Gallery and Thomas Werner Gallery in New York. Tatiana's work has been published in books edited by Richard Benson, David Alan Harvey and the Magenta Press and is part of public collections at the Yale University Hass Arts Library and the Mead Art Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Education 2010 Yale School of Art, MFA 2003 Amherst College, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions 2015 The Disappeared, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada 2014 A Liminal Square: Portraits from Kiev, Combes Gallery, American Univeristy of Paris, France 2006 Italian Feria, Fabrica, Treviso, Italy 2003 Tatiana Grigorenko, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst Collges, Amherst, MA Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 HPGRP Gallery, New York, NY 2013 Paris Photo Los Angeles, MOPLA/Smash Box Group Show, Los Angeles, CA 2012 Philadelphia Photo Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2011 How to Disappear: Ben Alper, Mircea Cantor, Young Hae-Chang's Heavy Industries, Cayetano Ferrer, Claire Fontaine, Tatiana Grigorenko, Seth Price; The Luminary Center for the Arts, Saint Louis, MO 2011 Skewed Demographics; Queens Museum, New York, NY 2010 Stranger than Fiction: Yale MFA Photography 2010; Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY 2010 Stranger than Fiction: Yale MFA Photography 2010; CPW Gallery, organized by Helac & Wirth Art Advisory, New York, NY 2010 Yale MFA Photography; Eighth Veil Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 Yale MFA Photography; David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL 2010 Present Continuous; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 2010 Entrevues, Belfort International Film Festival: official competition selection; Belfort, France 2010 Ok. Quoi?! Arts Festival; Struts Gallery/Faucet Media Arts Center, New Brunswick, Canada 2009 Video and Performance 2009; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 2009 Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT 2009 Lyceum Theater Gallery, curated by Charlotte Cotton, LACMA, San Diego, CA 2008 Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT 2007 Premier Choix; Galerie Bailly Contemporain, Paris, France 2006 Center Awards Exhibition, Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel, CA 2005 Image 05; Thomas Werner Gallery, New York, NY Grants and Awards 2014 Lens Culture Portrait Award finalist 2012 International Photo Award, Lucie Foundation 2011 Wallpaper Magazine's New Graduate Talent to Watch 2009-2010 Leeds-Marwell Scholarship, Yale School of Art 2008-2010 Edward Poole Lay Fellowship, Amherst College 2009 Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer 2009 Burn Magazine EPF grant finalist 2008 Fulbright Foundation grant finalist 2006 Center for Photographic Art Award 2005 American Society of Media Photographers, Image 05 Award 2005 National Geographic Society, Fifteen Best Portfolios of 2005 2003-2004 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Books 2014 Flash Forward Tenth (anniversary edition); Magenta Press 2010 Burn.01, David Alan Harvey, ed. Drbartstudio Press 2010 Yale MFA Photography, 2010; Richard Benson, ed. GHP Press 2009 Flash Forward 2009; Magenta Press Bibliography 2014 Paul Nolan, Radio France International, video interview, A Liminal Square, April 10 2014 Heidi Ellison, Paris Update, review of A Liminal Square, April 30 2012 Amy Marjoram, Excerpt Magazine, February 2012 Chip Schwartz, Knight Arts, review of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Exhibition (PPAC), Aug. 2 2012 Alison McMenamin, "Surrealism is Alive and Well", review of PPAC Exhibition, Aug. 23 2012 Christina P. Day, Review of PPAC Exhibition, July 19 2011 Jessica Baran, The Riverfront Times, review of How to Disappear, May 19 2011 Wallpaper Magazine, New Graduate Talent to Watch 2011 Marion Perceval, Un-titled, Review of The Disappeared, Jan. 23 2011 Joerg Colberg, Conscientious, Review of The Disappeared, Jan. 20 2010 Lionel Royer, Belfort International Film Festival, Review of Family Galaxy, Nov. 1 2010 Darren Ching, PDN Photo of the Day, Review of Stranger than Fiction: The 2010 Yale MFA Photography Thesis Show, June 2 2010 J. Lindblad, Art Observed, Review of Stranger than Fiction: Yale Photography MFA 2010, June 7 2010 ArtJetSet, Review of Stranger than Fiction: Yale Photography MFA 2010, June 5 2008 Photographer's Forum Magazine, Spring 2008, cover story Artist Residencies 2006 Fabrica Residency, Treviso, Italy 2005 Eddie Adams Workshop, New York Collections Yale University Hass Arts Library Mead Art Museum, Amherst College