Past meets present: a photographer retraces the steps of her father’s childhood

Photographer Tina Remiz's father died when she was just 12 years old. More than a decade later, she travelled to his hometown of Tver, located between Moscow and St Petersburg, in order to get to known him better. The result is Where the Pigeons Roost, a series of photographs in which Remiz connects her father's own narrative with her own as both an insider and an outsider. Photographs of her father are interspersed with everyday images of Tver including interior shots of homes that give a sense of domestic life in the town. "My father liked to speak about his childhood, reminiscing about film screenings at the local Star cinema, the garlic patties his mother used to bake and a pigeon loft allegedly owned by one of our ancestors," says Remiz. "I often imagined my father's life in Tver, drawing my own narratives from his stories, faded photographs in family albums and Soviet cinematography but I never travelled to his hometown while my father was alive and only met our relatives for the first time at his funeral." Remiz grew up in Latvia but later moved to the UK where she studied photography. Her varied background has led to an interest in issues of migration and cultural identity with other projects focusing on the Russian community in Latvia.

24 July 2014

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