“Vladimir Frumin and Gennady Meergus: Behind the Mountains”

Photographer Vladimir Frumin’s series Russia 2013 was inspired by a visit to Siberia after 23 years of living abroad. “How had I changed during that time?” he says. “How had my friends changed? I wanted to talk to them and see how we were different.” The photographs, posed shots of domestic life in Russia’s most inhospitable region, are part of “Vladimir Frumin and Gennady Meergus: Behind the Mountains,” a FotoFest 2014 exhibit. Many of Frumin’s images show weary, unhappy people. There’s a photograph of several older women sitting stone-faced around a table. “It’s a birthday party, but nobody seems happy,” Frumin says. “It’s almost as if they are too tired to smile. They’re just going through the motions because really, for them, there’s nothing to celebrate.” Frumin’s photographs capture the townspeople’s sense of simultaneous hopelessness and perseverance, as well as the harsh conditions under which they exist. “Maybe it’s a conflict, to give up and keep going at the same time, but really, what else can they do?”

There’s an opening reception with the artists at 7:30 p.m. on March 14. Regular viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Through May 16. Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Starts: March 14. Continues through May 16, 2014


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