Photographer and artist Pavel Romaniko has spent the past few months exploring Project Save's vast collection of original photographs, primarily focusing on an extensive collection of photos from Armenia during the late 1980s-early 1990s and the imminent collapse of the Soviet Union. Romaniko will discuss these photographs and his work as a photographer and artist who left the USSR when he was a teenager.
Romaniko often uses photographs, sculpture, and video to explore gaps in archives and collective memory, relying on imagery and symbolism found in both the public realm and his own memory. In this way, his work seeks to reconcile his own personal nostalgia with his native Russia's attempts at reconciliation with its tumultuous history and its uneasy relationship with a rapidly changing present.
After the presentation, Dr. Arto Vaun will moderate a discussion. This event is part of Project Save's "Conversations on Photography" series.
BIO: Pavel Romaniko completed a BA in Studio Arts from Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently teaches photography at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.