People Aren’t Boring

When I was writing my proposal for the Charles Center scholarship I addressed the art and oral history aspects of my project separately. Aside from the obvious common ground of the place and people, I didn’t consider them to overlap. And yet, during my time in Russia I kept finding similarities between the principles of Realist painting and the principles of oral history. In particular, I kept thinking of an interview with Studs Terkel, which I read in preparation for my interviews.

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Kaluga

After spending a full six weeks in Vishny Volochok at the Academic Dacha, My brother said our goodbyes, packed up, and left for Moscow. But our time in Russia still wasn’t over for almost 3 weeks. We spent the remainder of our time with a painter named Ilya Yatsenko, who has been a friend of my brother for several years. Ilya spends most of the year in Moscow with his family, but during the summer often spends time at a family dacha in Kaluga. It was in Kaluga that we spent the bulk of our time. After making a trip to the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow’s biggest and most important Russian art collection, we piled into the car and left for Kaluga.

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