Galina Kurlat

“Sanctuary (Untitled) 1”


These landscapes are lone quiet spaces, void of human life, chosen for their ethereal energy and emotive content. Pictures of barren trees have been a part of my obsessive imagery since I began to draw as a child. Rather than draw them from my imagination, I now find these scenes in nature and just as obsessively photograph them. Through a combination of Polaroid Positive/Negative B&W Film, natural soft light and desolate surroundings the result is a collection of dreamy, dark and deeply personal photographs.


Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and emigrated to the United States along with her family shortly after the fall of communism in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 2005 and currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in private collections. Recent awards include: Positive Focus: Body of Work ’06 Brooklyn NY, Photo Media Center: Open Juried Exhibition Award Erie PA, Honorable Mention in the Prix De La Photographie Paris France and The Art of Photography Show 2008 San Diego, CA.

Selected by Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art.