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Diana Markosian

Née en 1989, Moscou, Russie

Vit à Londres, Royaume-Uni

Diana Markosian est une photographe russo-américaine d’origine arménienne. Son travail explore la mémoire et le lieu à travers un processus interdisciplinaire qui utilise la vidéo, la photographie, le dessin et les éphémères. Ses photographies ont été publiées dans le National Geographic, le New Yorker et le New York Times. Ses prix incluent une bourse de la New York Foundation for the Arts (2019), le World Press Photo Award (2019), le Magnum Foundation Fund Grant (2019), la Elliott Erwitt Foundation (2018), le Chris Hondros Fund Award (2015), le Firecracker Grant (2014) et Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund (2013). Elle est titulaire d’un Master of Science de l’Université Columbia à New York. Sa première monographie, « Santa Barbara » est publiée par Aperture en 2020 et accompagnée d’une exposition présentée aux Rencontres d’Arles (2020) avant de s’exporter au MoMa de San Francisco (2020) et à l’International Center of Photography, NYC (2021).

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Diana Markosian

Essay by Lynda Myles

October 2020

978-1-59711-472-1

Diana Markosian’s Santa Barbara recreates the story of her family’s journey from post-Soviet Russia to the U.S. in the 1990s.

The project pulls together staged scenes, film stills, and family pictures in an innovative and compelling hybrid of personal and documentary storytelling. In it, the artist grapples with the reality that her mother, seeking a better life for herself and her two young children, came to America as a mail-order bride. Markosian’s mother chose her future husband because he lived in Santa Barbara, a city made famous in Russia when the 1980s soap opera of that name became the first American television show broadcast there.Weaving together reenactments by actors, archival images, stills from the original Santa Barbara TV show, Markosian reconsiders her family’s story from her mother’s perspective, relating to her for the first time as a woman, and coming to terms with the profound sacrifices she made to become an American.

Diana Markosian (born in Moscow, 1989) is a Russian American photographer of Armenian descent. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She holds a Master of Science from Columbia University. Her work is represented by Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris.

Lynda Myles is an Emmy Award–winning scriptwriter. She has worked on Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and One Life to Live, among other TV shows.

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