Polina Soyref exhibition “Tell me. Portraits and stories of citizens during a pandemic”

07.10.20

A series of photo exhibitions titled “Tell me. Portraits and stories of citizens during a pandemic” by a photographer Polina Soyref will be held in Estonia.

From October to November, Tallinn, Paide, Viljandi, and Narva will host a photo exhibition by a Russian photographer Polina Soyref, telling about the lives of Estonian citizens during a pandemic, their sensations, and perceptions of the world, and their reactions on what’s happening around them. The goal of this exhibition is to support those in difficult situations and crises through the personal stories of the project’s participants.

«In the spring I realized that we see the stories of doctors, scientists, volunteers – those heroes who fought the pandemic every day. However, a large portion of people found themselves in new situations and faced the difficulties of isolation. It was hard for some; easy for others which made them feel guilty for having a peaceful life. I was interested in hearing those exact stories that can help us understand what happened – not on a global scale, but on a personal scale». – tells Polina.

Photographer Polina Soyref was born and raised in the Ural; she currently lives and works in Tallinn. All her works for the exhibitions were taken in black and white. For this project 43 interviews were recorded, 45 members were in the frame, 23 films were made and more than 10 hours of voice recordings were made.

The organizer of the exhibition is NGO “Lasnaidea” with the support of the British Council within the People to People Cultural Engagement Program.

The exhibition can be viewed from 5th to 21st of October at Lasnamäe Centrum and from the 22nd of October to the 1st of November it can be viewed at the Nautica Mall. In November the exhibition will take place in Paide, Viljandi, and Narva.