Opening Reception With the Artist,
Sunday Oct 25th 2015, 4:00-7:00pm
Show runs December 2nd through Nov 29th, 2015– Baltimore artist Alina Poroshina’s figurative paintings are testimonies of conflict, passage, and transition.
Reflecting today’s refugee crisis while commemorating 100 years since the Armenian genocide of 1915 which claimed over 1.5 million lives, the exhibit illustrates how themes of human history are tragically repetitive. While examining “cultural memory”, Poroshina reflects on how atrocities committed generations ago relate to the continuing global struggle for peace, justice, and the triumph of our humanity over senseless and primitive violence.
The genocide of 1915 and the artist’s own experience of relocation and displacement in the 1990’s illustrate the cyclical nature of unresolved historical conflict that continues to affect us all. Through stories and symbolism, her works manifest the internal resistance to becoming a victim, and the desire to conquer and prevail over adversity.
Combining various allegorical elements, such as iconography, Armenian folklore, and her experiences as a woman in America, Poroshina explores several subjects through a painting style she describes as “Expressive Realism”. Uncertainty, hidden danger, the construction of memories and their effects, are threads that unite Poroshina’s bodies of work.