The Bydgoszcz Exhibition was a first encounter through a cross-section of Masha's vast body of work. We have exhibited Masha Ivashintsova's negatives untreated — with all of the scratches, dust and mold left by time — the same state in which Masha's daughter Asya found them. The images were placed on light boxes instead of being printed on paper to highlight non-interpretive nature of the display.
It was symbolic that Masha's first European exhibition took place in Poland because her father, Yuri Ilyichev (grandson of a Polish national Alojzy Swetlik) had died in 1944 in Poland during World War II, and this loss is a theme that penetrates all of Masha's work. Despite the family's efforts through the Polish Red Cross, his grave was never found.
The exhibition was curated by Masha Galleries and by Katarzyna Gębarowska, Vintage Photo Festival