Tatiana Grigorenko

“A Former Coal-miner’s Daughter at Home” Stakhanov, Ukraine.

From the series ‘Missing Link: A Self-Portrait of the Former Soviet Union’


This photograph is part of a project entitled “Missing Link: A self-portrait of the former Soviet Union” that was funded by a grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. For a period of 12 months I traveled throughout Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Estonia and Russia, searching for women who might represent the woman I could have been, had my parents not left the Soviet Union in 1976. “Missing Link” is an invented self-portrait, a fictional autobiography, unfolding in a country that no longer exists.


Tatiana Grigorenko was born in 1980 in New York City. She graduated from Amherst College in 2003 with a BA in Fine Arts and is currently pursuing her MFA in photography at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Paris, Treviso, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California. Tatiana was named a 2009 Emerging Photographer by the Magenta Foundation and has received numerous awards and fellowships, most notably from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Geographic Society and a grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for her project ‘Missing Link’.

Selected by Charlotte Cotton, Curator in Residence at the International Center of Photography.