Brezhnev’s Daughters (2010-present)
Brezhnev’s Daughters, is what women call themselves in Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine, the birthplace of Leonid Brezhnev and the industrial heartland of Ukraine. The women say that they are Brezhnev’s children because they have inherited the failed stagnant policies from the Soviet times.
Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine is in the heart of Ukraine’s mining and manufacturing production. In these parts many women make their living as factory workers and welders. Yet their pay is never sufficient to support their families. Many must take on extra work at night some as strippers and pole dancers. This dual life style offers economic opportunity. Their sexuality is their strength and they use it as a form of emancipation. Brezhnev’s Daughters is a series of portraits of these women in industrial south who have managed to navigate between two extreme professions and support their families.
These photographs are made with an 8×10 camera and printed on Silver-Gelatin Paper.
Katherine Turczan’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as many other prominent collections. She has received several awards for her work, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship, which have allowed her to travel extensively in Eastern Europe and to make photographs that reflect the changes in the former Soviet Union. She received her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Cooper Union. She currently is a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Website.