A New Life, 2019, © Diana Markosian
A New Life, 2019, © Diana Markosian 
Diana Markosian - Santa Barbara

17/03/2023 - 27/08/2023

Fotografiska Stockholm 
Stadsgårdshamnen 22 
116 45 Stockholm


Photographer and filmmaker Diana Markosian explores the nature of family and the American dream. At the age of 7, the family abandoned their life in Moscow for California, leaving behind Markosian’s father. Inspired by the soap opera, Santa Barbara, Markosian creates her own world through a series of staged photographs and a narrative video, reconsidering her family history from her mother’s perspective and coming to terms with the profound sacrifices her mother made to become an American.
In the exhibit Santa Barbara, which opens on March 17 at Fotografiska Stockholm, Markosian reconstructs the final days in post-Soviet Russia and her family’s arrival in the United States. Yet it is also a powerful examination of the interplay between the idealized vision of California life portrayed on television and the reality of the immigrant experience. Santa Barbara tests and challenges the limits of truth, fiction, documentary, and memory.