Date(s) - August 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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The University of South Alabama Libraries is pleased to present a new exhibit entitled, “The Faces of India” featuring the photographs of Jelena Kryschun.
Growing up in Latvia (Soviet Union) Jelena Kryschun was only allowed to watch black and white movies from France and India. At 21 she inherited her father’s vintage KIEV camera and began to take photography seriously. Thirty years later, when her husband asked where she would like to travel, she said “India”. Jelena had always seen India as a fairy tale—an exotic land with fascinating people.
Arriving in India, a jet lagged Jelena was shocked by the sights and smells. Her initial encounter with this strange and vibrant country intensified the sense of the irreal in all she witnessed. The living conditions of the people in Varanasi, India were particularly overwhelming. People seemed to stoically embrace life and death, sickness, and poverty. She was both repulsed and attracted by the harsh realities of their existence. Her photographic study of these individuals resulted in her determination to share with the world images which reveal the uniqueness of Indian culture. She accomplishes this by exhibiting her photographs at galleries throughout the area.
Her current exhibit, “Faces of India,” is showing from August 1 to September 30, 2018 at the University of South Alabama Libraries in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery. Presently she is engaged in a photographic study of American life to be exhibited next year.
On September 11 at 4:00 p.m. Jelena Kryschun, will talk about her journey to India and her photography. This event is free and open to students, faculty, and the community.
The event will be held in the Rodning Gallery, located in the Marx Library, 5901 USA Drive N., Mobile AL, 36608. For additional information call (251) 461-1993.