Image above: ©Anna Martynushkina.
One must travel far while loving one’s home.
— Guillaume Apollinaire
Anna Martynushkina, born and raised in Western Siberia, is a photographer whose personal work focuses on her numerous trips — both short and long — to different cities and countries.
Rooms and Roads is her first solo exhibition which tells about her emotional relationship with the places she stayed in and the ways which led her there. While being excited about constant changes in her life she seems to use them as a way to fight her fears of not being able to belong anywhere.
They call life a road, with its turns and stops. When they ask me what my plans are I usually answer: I’m moving soon. First time it was hard — I was sixteen when I left my hometown. Then I started enjoying it and eventually became addicted. My road brings me to inviting places full of joy. It is a quiet journey — I do not belong and I do not possess. I remember rooms I have stayed in. They were never mine but sometimes I loved the views from the windows. There is not enough time to become disillusioned. When it starts happening I leave. I hope I will not stop.
Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Journalism from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. In 2013 she moved to New York to continue her education in the School of International Center of Photography where in 2014 she was awarded George and Joyce Moss Scholarship. Earlier this year her Passages Through Time project dedicated to Red Hook area in Brooklyn became a part of New York Edited — Bonds and Borders book published in Berlin. Her HumaNature series shot in Montana was featured in F-Stop magazine, issue #71.
Anna Martynushkina and Marzia Gamba during the opening at Soam Studio. ©Ambika Singh.