Street life is one of the most significant themes in Masha's art — the show was a first acquaintance with Masha's work on the subject.
Masha's photographs were literally «projected» onto the windows of the ICP Museum in Manhattan; they could be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and were most visible after the sunset. The street photography of the Soviet Leningrad projected onto the New York streets gave a powerful immersive experience to the passers-by.
In 60-80s in the Soviet Union unofficial street photographers could be considered spies, could be arrested, their cameras and their films could be easily confiscated. Leningrad photography underground, of which Masha was a part, was a very close and a small group of people with the young, independent and careless art style. This was in a stark contrast with the official Soviet propaganda photography of the time.
The exhibition was held at the International Center of Photography
(ICP), 250 Bowery, New York, NY 10012. Curator: Wesley Verhoeve.