6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Portraits of Siberia from the Détente Era

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In 1978, photographer Nathan Farb traveled to the Soviet industrial city of Novosibirsk. He took a series of intimate and revealing portraits of its citizens that had to be smuggled out of the country via diplomatic pouch. Nearly four decades later, these portraits show a culture that is long gone yet continues to influence today’s Russia. Farb will present select pieces from his collection, many of which have been shown in museums around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Izabella Tabarovsky who grew up in Novosibirsk at the time the portraits were taken, will offer commentary from the cultural, historical, and personal perspectives.

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