Artist Statement

Polina was born in Ukraine in 1984 and currently lives on Brighton Beach, in an apartment overlooking a parking lot and an ocean. Her portraits encompass an ability to conceive of generations in the abstract, alongside an insistence on her specific experience as a daughter and granddaughter. Barskaya has two modes: disinterested and wholly consumed. Every approach to belonging to life is on display. Barskaya, working from photographs, is driven by a true need to chronicle. A need to express what is already lost, the nondescript scramble of memory and years.
-Yelena Akhtiorskaya