As the world’s most locked-down city struggled through over 240 days of heavy restrictions — with limited time outside, and scarce options to learn and play for the kids — everyone needed to find their own way to keep going. Small things, small wins — like making a space helmet for your child fascinated by the night sky. And a suit. It’s too bad that the novelty of a costume doesn’t last. Stories, however, seem to have worked since forever. So we took the costume and went looking for stories. With a little imagination, stories can be found anywhere — be it a 5-kilometer travel limit, or your bedroom. The phone booth, or a laundry. These analogue photographs are the memories from the stories we found. The lockdown has now ended. We’ll outgrow the costume. But the time spent together exploring and imagining is one special gift to keep.
Andrew Rovenko was born and raised in Ukraine, and has now called Australia home for over 17 years. He is currently based in Melbourne.
For Rovenko, photography has always been a passion but never became a career. A stint as a freelance magazine photographer and a variety of commercial assignments over the years provided invaluable skills and experience, but could never match the fun and freedom of not having to work towards a specific goal.
This eventually led to doing personal work, primarily on film, where the joy of craftsmanship can be experienced the most.
One of such personal projects — The Rocketgirl Chronicles — that was born during Melbourne’s sixth lockdown, found critical acclaim and resonance around the world, with international coverage including Vogue and Rolling Stone, and the author being named the 2021 Australian Photographer of the Year by the Australian Photography magazine.
Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.
Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com
The Rocketgirl Chronicles (Astoria)
Featuring: Andrew RovenkoView Location Details Number 49 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Astoria Park
19th Street and 24th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105
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