Vita Litvak: Я Подарю Тебе Мир (I Will Give You the World) and Other Promises from TransnistriaVita Litvak: Я Подарю Тебе Мир (I Will Give You the World) and Other Promises from Transnistriahttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259819/1397224800Marshall Fine Arts Center2014-04-11T10:00:002014-04-11T17:00:00
April 11,2014 10:00AM–5:00PM
Marshall Fine Arts Center
Vita Litvak: A Solo Photography Exhibition
Vita Litvak, a 2002 Haverford College graduate and current visiting assistant professor of fine arts, grew up in Tiraspol, the capital of the self-declared post-Soviet nation of Transnistria. Litvak’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia shortly after the violent civil war that raged through the region in the summer of 1992. But her photos and videos are still informed by her experiences of migration and investigate its effects on perception, identity, and subjectivity.
Returning to Transnistria for a short stay in the fall of 2011, Litvak found her homeland an arresting reminder of lost potential, failed Communist ideologies, and false promises. Я Подарю Тебе Мир (I Will Give You the World) and Other Promises from Transnistria, an exhibit of her photos that opens in the Haverford College Atrium Gallery on Feb. 7, features photos from that trip that depict both a physical place and a personal space full of memories. Through her use of light and color Litvak renders the everyday with a particular poignancy, and as a native and émigré of the region, she has a unique perspective on a nation frozen in time.
Vita Litvak earned an MFA in photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. She has taught at Richard Stockton College, Germantown Friends School, and Moore College of Art and Design. As a visiting professor at Haverford College she teaches a courses including “Foundation Photography” and the “Senior Major Seminar.”
Я Подарю Тебе Мир (I Will Give You the World) and Other Promises from Transnistria will run in the Gallery through April 20. A reception for the show’s opening will be held Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Litvak will be on hand for an artist’s talk that same evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6.:30 p.m.
Located in Marshall Fine Arts Center, the Atrium Gallery is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends noon to 5:00 p.m.
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