Graphic reportage: a history and particularities of the genre in Russia

Russian graphic artist, activist, and journalist Victoria Lomasko will discuss the genres of “documentary comics” and “graphic reportage” by addressing the history of the genres and their development in Russia, how graphic stories can be used in social activism, journalistic aspects of graphic art, and the principles for combining verbal and visual elements.

April 26, 4:15 | Schapiro 129 | Reception to follow talk
Exhibit: April 26 – May 11 | Other Russias | Schapiro Hallway

Victoria LomaskoVictoria Lomasko graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2003 with a degree in graphic art and book design.
She works as a graphic artist with a focus on graphic reportage. Drawing on Russian traditions of documentary graphic art (as practiced during the Siege of Leningrad, in the Gulag, and among the military), Lomasko explores contemporary Russian society and especially its diverse subcultures, such as Russian Orthodox believers, LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, and collective farmers. Her work has appeared in print publications and exhibitions in Russia, Europe and the USA.
Her book Other Russias, a collection of graphic reportages on social themes, was published in the U.S. by n+1 and in the U.K. by Penguin.
Lomasko has collaborated extensively with various non-profit human rights organizations on creating materials for publication and taught workshops in places of incarceration. She is the co-curator of two long-term art and activism projects: Drawing the Court (with Zlata Ponirovska) and The Feminist Pencil (with Nadia Plungian).
Over the last two years, Lomasko has been experimenting with large scale graphic frescoes on walls. She is also working on a book devoted to post-Soviet spaces of Central Asia and the Caucasus.