About the Photographer
American, b. 1977 Moscow, Russia
Anna Shteynshleyger's photographs of Siberia examine the sites of Russian labor camps under the former Communist regime. Specifically, the images in her Siberia series are the culmination of three different trips to different regions of Russia: Kolyma, Perm, and Moscow and its surroundings. The juxtaposition of these visually stunning landscapes with their history of containment and oppression draws an interesting paradox about the character of modern Russia. Issues of place and history are further complicated by the way Shteynshleyger's landscapes reference those of nineteenth century Russian painter Isaak Levitan. She also counts among her influences the work of sixteenth century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Hunters on the Snow in particular) and twentieth century Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (especially Morror and Stalker).
Anna Shteynshleyger was born in Moscow, Russia in 1977, and came to the United States in 1992. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1999) and an MFA from Yale University (2001). Recent exhibitions include Nothing in the World but Youth at the Turner Contemporary Museum in Kent, England, and a self-titled solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Shteynshleyger is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship recipient (2009) and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.