Architectural Collages by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 44 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 44 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants series by Chicago-based Krista Svalbonas is a series that explores spatial and psychological ideas of home through rigorously geometric photographic collage.

As the US-born daughter of Latvian and Lithuanian immigrants, Svalbonas considers her family’s background to be “part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of ‘home’ is contingent.” These collages are of the three locations where the artist has lived: the greater NYC area, rural Pennsylvania, and Chicago, and each collage contains three photographs. According to her, “anchoring each piece in three geographical points creates a stability that acts as counterweight to the sense of dislocation.”

Migrants 42 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 42 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 15 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 15 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 51 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 51 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 29 by Krista Svalbonas

Migrants 29 by Krista Svalbonas

As someone who moved to the US from Poland, I can certainly relate to Svalbonas’ notion of a “‘homeland’ that remained distant and inaccessible.” And, my having lived in many places over the years mirrors her personal experience as well. When I stumbled on Migrants, the series really struck a chord with me, and the rest of the artist’s body of work is worth checking out, too.

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