Imagined Communities: Photographs by Mila Teshaieva

Through March 3, 2019

Hard as it is to make the weight of history visible, it's so much more so to show its absence. In her rather astonishing show "Imagined Communities," Mila Teshaieva manages to do both. - Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, August 12, 2018

Imagined Communities, a retrospective of photographer Mila Teshaieva’s multi-year work on constructed identities, is drawn from three recent projects in which she interrogates the idea of nation as an "imagined community” and a political construct that is often in conflict with private and public memory. The striking photographs are especially relevant in a time when many countries are embroiled politically and culturally in refugee crises, immigration policy protest and debate, issues of national identity, and resurgent nationalism.

This is the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. and the first solo exhibition in Boston for Teshaieva (b. Ukraine, 1974). Accompanying the photographs are first person accounts of the events, situations, and subjects depicted, as well as commentary by the photographer and the curator of the exhibition. 

Artist Tour

Nov. 4, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 6, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Meet photographer Mila Teshaieva and enjoy a small group tour of Imagined Communities. Limited tickets available at 1:30 p.m. on day of event for Museum visitors of age 12+ on a first-come, first-served basis.

House of Kadjar. 2012. Archival Pigment Print 

Youngest member of Kadjar family, who claim to be the royal family in Azerbaijan, stares at copies of ancient Iranian paintings in the family house in Baku. Azerbaijan. 2012