Alena Zhandarova, Russia

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City of brides

From the tsar’s time, the city of Ivanovo was the centre of the blooming textile industry in Russia attracting young girls from all over who would go there in pursuit of employment. The romantic time of factories and prosperity came to an end but the native land of Tarkovsky preserves its feminine alias till now. In untraditional and quirky set-ups Zhandarova captures the women of contemporary Ivanovo against backdrops of domestic and female iconography in a new context that liberates them from the idealized vision of the lady-in-waiting from the past.

- Alena Zhandarova