Nyet That Type of Girl
"In my self-portraits, I take what is real -myself- and distill it through the prism of what others have learned to think is true about Russians," Catherine Asanov defines her photographs. Her work presents stereotypes - Russian stereotypes. At first, we see purely humor. The pictures exaggerate what is thought and believed about the people and culture of Russia. If we look deeper, though, we can meet the artist, observe more than her basic background, and notice her 'self' in her 'self-portraits.' Asanov first combines others' beliefs in her self-portraits, but she also unites them with her own critique of those ideas.