Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara
Wednesday, September 30
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Aperture and the International Center of Photography for a virtual book program celebrating the release of photographer Diana Markosian’s first monograph, Santa Barbara. Blending imagined and actual histories to form a visual storytelling style completely her own, Markosian explores her family’s final days in post-Soviet Russia, before her mother became a mail-order bride and moved her family to California—in pursuit of an American utopia depicted in the 1980s soap opera Santa Barbara. For this project, Markosian collaborated with a screenwriter for the original TV show to create a script based on her family’s migration story, and filmed staged reenactments in her original homes in both Moscow and Santa Barbara, California. Through the staged scenes, stills from the original TV show, and family pictures, Markosian explores the American dream and her own family history in this immersive documentary-based project. Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will join Markosian in conversation on the making of the book and correlating short film.
For more information and to register for the event, please visit ICP’s website.