Author Olga Shevchenko in conversation with Jim Brooke to discuss her new book
In Visible Presence: Soviet Afterlives in Family Photos
Olga Shevchenko teaches and does research on the issues of memory, photography, culture and consumption in post-socialist Russia. Her forthcoming book, In Visible Presence: Soviet Afterlives in Family Photos (MIT Press, 2023), co-authored with Oksana Sarkisova, looks at Soviet-era domestic photo archives as moving targets of the Russian state’s memory politics, as well as points of contestation and possibility for the generational and individual efforts to grapple with the past.
Jim Brooke is a Berkshires native and lifelong foreign correspondent. He worked as a journalist for eight years in Moscow, first as Bloomberg Bureau Chief, then as the Voice of America correspondent for the former Soviet Union.