July 21, 2017 to February 28, 2019
265 Massachussetts Avenue
Cambridge - 02139 MA
Imagined Communities, a retrospective of photographer Mila Teshaieva's multi-year work on constructed identities, is drawn from three recent projects in which she interrogates the idea of nation as an "imagined community" and a political construct that is often in conflict with private and public memory. The striking photographs are especially relevant in a time when many countries are embroiled politically and culturally in refugee crises, immigration policy protest and debate, issues of national identity, and resurgent nationalism.
This is the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. and the first solo exhibition in Boston for Teshaieva (b. Ukraine, 1974). Accompanying the photographs are first person accounts of the events, situations, and subjects depicted, as well as commentary by the photographer and the curator of the exhibition.