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Diana Markosian

Santa Barbara

Diana Markosian Lynda Myles



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19 February 2021
Diana Markosian's Santa Barbara recreates the story of her family's journey from post-Soviet Russia to the U.S. in the 1990s. The project pulls together staged scenes, film stills, and family pictures in an innovative and compelling hybrid of personal and documentary storytelling. In it, the artist grapples with the reality that her mother, seeking a better life for herself and her two young children, came to America as a mail-order bride. Markosian's mother chose her future husband because he lived in Santa Barbara, a city made famous in Russia when the 1980s soap opera of that name became the first American television show broadcast there. Weaving together reenactments by actors, archival images, stills from the original Santa Barbara TV show, Markosian reconsiders her family's story from her mother's perspective, relating to her for the first time as a woman, and coming to terms with the profound sacrifices she made to become an American.
Photographs by:   Diana Markosian
Text by:   Lynda Myles
Imprint:   Aperture
Country of Publication:   United States
Weight:   1.380kg
ISBN:   9781597114721
ISBN 10:   1597114723
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   19 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Diana Markosian (born in Moscow, 1989) holds an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Her most recent awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2019) and a World Press Photo award (2019). Lynda Myles is an Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter. She has worked on Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and One Life to Live, among other TV shows.

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