Our Relatives from New Jersey and My Father’s Grave, 2018
From the series My Family Photo Album
Giclée print on 260 gram Canon Luster
42 x 59,4 cm.
Ed. 25 + 2 AP
My Family Photo Album (2018) is an imaginary family album, in which important milestones are played out – such as birth, love, loss, death. Rather than documenting or capturing reality, inanimate objects become characters and places are not connected to the events that they portray (or evoke) – playing with photography’s ability to shift between the real and the constructed. The work underlines the importance of imagination to explore different ways of interpreting the real. Here we present an intimate-scale composition of works selected from the series and created by the artist.
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).