MY FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
All works above are from the series My Family Photo Album (2018).
© Roman Korovin
FRAMING VISION | Roman Korovin’s My Family Photo Album (2018) is a fictitious document of an imaginary family album. Mystical time and space become a locus where important human milestones—such as birth, love, loss, death etc.—are played out. They are also re-framed. Birth is not the beginning and death is not the end.
In this series, Korovin creates an ironic gesture. Rather than documenting or capturing reality, real lives, places and objects, inanimate objects become characters and places are not connected to the events that they portray, or suggest. In this way, Korovin plays with photography’s ability to shift between the real and the constructed. In the harsh political conditions and economical divisions of today, Korovin underlines the importance of imagination, to create novel worlds and realities, and to explore different ways of interpreting the real.
The project has been supported by Det Obelske Familiefond, the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation.
Roman Korovin works primarily with photography but also creates videos, paintings, drawings and ready-made installations that all draw from his photographic work. He has participated in solo exhibitions and numerous group shows both in Latvia and abroad, including most recently “Ornamentalism. Contemporary Latvian Art” at the Collateral Events Program of the 56th Venice Biennale (Italy).
Korovin won the Latvian Photography Award in 2006 and was nominated for the Purvītis Prize for works from the exhibition “Is the Medium the Message? Latvian Contemporary Photography” in 2008. Korovin obtained his Master’s degree in Graphics department of Art Academy of Latvia (1997) and worked as a music clip and advertisement Director for the Latvian production company “Vilks Studio” from 1996-2010. In 2000-2002 he was Assistant Manager at Fulcrum Gallery (New York, USA).
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ARTIST’S VIDEO INTRODUCTION
“That the surrounding reality – objects, things, material stuff – is much more than we allow them to be. A box can be a car, heap of snow – a grave. Objects are quite conditional, they can become whatever you call them. Which in this case is the aim – to create a new system and relations of objects that allow to tell a story about a kid and its family. And it’s important that the new world is build lightheartedly, maybe even a bit quirky and funny.” – Roman Korovin on the most important thing to understand about My Family Photo Album.