Nadia Sablin

May 6, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Airplane, Yampil
2004
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Andrey, Yampil
2014
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Artem in the Apple Orchard
2005
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Baba Tasya, Yampil
2014
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

High School Graduates, Kiev
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Hospital, Yampil
2009
archival inkjet print
20" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
NFS

Ivan, Kiev
2014
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Lena, Porohi
2014
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Dima & Lilya, Odessa
2014
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Linden Blossoms, Yampil
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Roses, Odessa
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Ruslana, Odessa
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Sonya, Carpathians
2007
archival inkjet print
30" x 24"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Still Life, Carpathians
2007
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Stop Sign, Yampil
2005
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Night Watchman, Porohi
2004
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Yanush with a Pregnant Cat, Yampil
2007
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Yevgeniy, Odessa
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Yulia, Yampil
2005
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Zhenya and Toma, Odessa
2014
archival inkjet print
24" x 30"

image © Nadia Sablin
$950

Nadia Sablin

From the Mountains and to the Sea

Since 2003, artist Nadia Sablin has made many trips to the former Soviet Union to photograph what is now Ukraine. For Sablin, who was born in in the USSR, this ongoing journey has become a way of traveling back in time to experience the magic and beauty of her childhood. Although many of the sun-dappled rural scenes included in From the Mountains and to the Sea reflect this nostalgia for the past, there also looms in each image a darkness that provides viewers with a glimpse of the realities of everyday life there. This darkness, however, is tempered by Sablin’s engaging portraits of young Ukrainians, whose frank exuberance emanates from each frame to remind us of humanity’s strength and resilience—which Ukraine needs now more than ever.

“Photographing in the former Soviet Union is a mystical experience. It feels like I am returning to the place of childhood dreams and fairy tales. This time, I’m the one recording the stories. The disappearing world of the 20th century is still intact in much of the former Soviet Bloc and my journeys often feel like travel in time to a seemingly simpler world. . . There is a certain dark magic that rises from the very soil of this land. It is this magic that I hug with my camera, in the huts of the gypsies and the shepherds’ lean-tos and in the gestures of the people in the streets.”

Nadia Sablin is a freelance photographer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recipient of the Firecracker Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Sablin’s work has been featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Slate, American Photo, and Calvert Journal, and her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bellevue College, and Texas Woman’s University School of Art, among others. She recently received the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Book Prize and her monograph, Aunties, will be published in November 2015.