Identity is always a confrontation between stories and history, between per sonal memories and official historiography.
Mila Teshaieva descended into the fogshrouded abyss of memory, where national mythol ogy melds with individual expe rience to form an afterimage of a past. The Ukrainian born photographer asked people of different convictions, from different regions of her home country, to reconstruct scenes from their family history.
The family memories became performances; the performances became photographs that write an alternative history of the twentieth century. Above all, though, they ask: How are experiences recalled, dealt with, and finally handed down? How do individual memories trans form into a supposed collective national memory, and, in turn, how does national heroism seep into family histories? And finally, how is the imagined reality we call the past created?