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in a new land II: ten years later | photography by russian speaking immigrants: In a New Land II is a documentary photo project a decade in the making.
In 2005, during the City of West Hollywood’s 20th Anniversary year, Venice Arts partnered with the City and the California Council for the Humanities to create In A New Land, a project with recently arrived immigrant teens from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, and Russia. Together, they learned how to use photography to tell the stories of their new world, and the presence of the old world within it. Their work was featured in several exhibitions and collected in a book.
In A New Land II: Ten Years Later brings back several of the original participants, along with new participants, on the occasion of the City’s 30th anniversary. They were tasked with reflecting on how the immigration experience and the City have shaped their lives. Working together, they grew into a close-knit circle of supportive peers and friends and, in a few months, quickly gained the skills needed to capture their unique perspectives. In addition to self-portraits, they interviewed and created portraits of family, friends, and other immigrants, who shared their memories of coming to West Hollywood. In reflecting on their first decade in America, and contrasting their memories with the present, these photographers beautifully articulate the difficult but profound experience of finding a new home.

In A New Land II was exhibited at the West Hollywood Library in October-November 2015 and a catalogue of work was published by the City. For more information, or to purchase a catalogue, contact us!

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