Canadian photographer Donald Weber spent seven years traveling throughout Ukraine and Russia in an effort to understand and show something of life in the post-Soviet era. He observed how, since the collapse of Communism and its replacement with free-market Capitalism and an ostensible democracy, people are negotiating their places between ideologies, past and promised, and within "the system".
Over the course of his research Weber became increasingly preoccupied with the subject of Power as exercised by the modern state, and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects. Amassed, his gritty photographs offer a complex portrait of people and a place, haunted by the past, and disillusioned with the present and its failure to provide a promised future.
Interrogations is the culmination of this seven-year project and a sharp distillation of subject and theme — one that seeks to go beyond the specificity of time, place, and individual, to reveal something more universal about the human situation. - Claire Sykes
Donald Weber: Interrogations runs until December 20 at Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto.
The Choker, from the series "Zek Y Natasha", 2007
Cow, Girl. Zholtye Vody, Ukraine, from the series "Into the Half-Life", 2010
Sunday Evening, Ukraine, from the series "Drunken Bride", 2010
Swallow's Nest (Dneprodzerzhinsk), from the series "The Underclass and its Bosses", 2005
Steal a man’s bread and you die. Sakhalin Island, Far East Russia, from the series "Drunken Bride", 2005
Vorkuta (Place teems with bears), from the series "Drunken Bride", 2008
April 26, 2008, Vorkuta, Russia, from the series "Drunken Bride", 2008
Interrogation X, 2010 from the series Interrogations.
Interrogation II, 2010 from the series Interrogations.
Interrogation IX, 2010 from the series Interrogations.
Interrogation VIII, 2010 from the series Interrogations.
Interrogation IV, 2010 from the series Interrogations.
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