Prior to her exhibit at Joesph Bellows Gallery, Aserica reached out to Sage Sohier to dig deeper into the meaning of her iconic and socially eye opening photography. Her works have been seen in The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon and has been featured in group works in the MoMa in New York.
Her latest exhibition will be held at Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego from April 15th to May 31st 2017. Sohier’s series from the 1980s, “Americans Seen,” has just been published by Nazraeli Press in 2017, as part of their “NZ Library” edition. http://www.nazraeli.com/
ML: You shot “Americans Seen” around Boston from 1979-1986 when you were in your twenties. Did your young age have an impact on your photos? Did it give you easier access to your subjects?
AM: What’s your name?
MK: My name is Martin Kohout
AM: Where were you born? How what is it like back there? try to describe a little bit what it feels like in your hometown.
MK: I grew up in a small town on the western side of the Czech Republic called Planá. There is beautiful nature that surrounds Planá. It was a lovely place for growing up and develop as a child. But like most small towns, It is too small for making a real progress in life.
AM: What is the earliest memory you have from your childhood?
MK: I can remember a trip with my father. We went to a river and the sun was shining all round us. I remember sitting under the branches of the surrounding trees and the sun was shining through. True magic.
AM: Back then when you...
ML: Sakhalin Island in Russia is the country’s largest island. It is located just off the north of Japan. At one point in time, Sakhalin Island had been claimed by both countries. Did you choose this island as your topic because of its close proximity to north Japan?
TK: Yes. Historically there had been quite active interchanges between Russia and Japan at the island, and I assumed the mixture of ethnicity and culture affected inhabitants. In spite of the fact that the island is one of the closest abroad of Japan, we don't really know about how the life there and how inhabitants identify themselves, so I wanted to visit there and to confirm by my eyes.
ML: The island is a symbol of the Russo-Japanese rivalry, was there something of this topic that you were looking to capture there?
TK: Yes. I wanted to understand the importance of the island for both countries (Sakhalin island is not as much disputed as Kuril isl...
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