Summertime and the Living is [not] easy in Александровка - Solo exhibition at South Square Gallery

Save the date for my solo exhibition at South Square Centre, Thornton, BD13 3LD.

Private view is on Fri 5th Feb 2016, 7-9pm

Exhibition open: Sat 6th Feb - Sun 28th Feb.

Photographic Artist Madeleine Phiri explores rural living in Russia. In the West, a self-sustainable life style is almost unimaginable, but this is reality for many in Russian villages. A wide variety of vegetables are planted and harvested by the Холодова (Holodova) family and used for consumption rather than resale. Борщ (Borshch) is the widely known red stew and a celebrated national dish. The ingredients are home grown and Madeleine created a series of Cyanotypes alongside the recipe, which is hand written in Cyrillic. The photographs of the field, kitchen and gardening tools are printed from black & white negatives in the darkroom using Liquid Light on high quality textured paper. Gems from Madeleine’s grandmother’s photo album tell their own stories of rural living.

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