Baba, Babushka: Gallery Talk and Discussion with Student Curators

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dasha Bough ('21) spent the summer of 2019 in Volgograd, Russia filming a documentary about a babushka named Galiya. Sky Russell ('20) spent the same summer with the babas (grandmas) and jijis (grandpas) of Tenryu-mura, a rapidly aging rural hamlet in central Japan. Taken together, the exhibit's images and text paint a picture of colorful lives being lived in two very different corners of the world. At this virtual event, Dasha and Skye will speak about living and documenting their experiences in Russia and Japan, respectively. Although the stories are each unique and settings vastly disparate, the snapshots share the hushed beauty, unassuming poetry, and outrageous humor found in the mundane.

View the student photo exhibition Baba, Babushka here.


Dasha Bough, Class of 2021, Slavic Studies/Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard College
Sky Russell, Class of 2020, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard College
Moderator: Gavin H. Whitelaw, Executive Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.

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