Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow, Russia in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 2005 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
In Kurlat’s work, she explores the intimate relationship between photographer and sitter through large format photography using expired Polaroid film, and the wet collodion process. These photographs are as much about the collaboration with the sitter as they are the resulting images. The slow practice of creating large format photographs, using a medium which allows for almost immediate viewing, invites the sitter to participate in orchestrating the final image.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.
Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Photo Jinju in South Korea, Baxter Street/Camera Club Auction in New York, Self-Processing- Instant Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Sputnik 2, Boyd Satellite Gallery in New Orleans, Analog, Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, Imaging Now: Collected Visions in Memphis, Unbound5! Candela Gallery in Richmond, Oceanside Museum of Art in San Jose, Inherent Traits, PEVETO Gallery in Houston, Safe Distance, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, 12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant, West Gallery at Texas Woman’s University, #19, Emergency Room Gallery, Rice University, Onward Compé ’12 in Philadelphia, Urban Decay, Ravi Gallery in India, Artist Dialogue, Houston Center for Photography, The Big Show 2011 and The Big Show 2012 at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Annual Print Auction, Houston Center for Photography, Landscape, Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Reclamation/Inherent Traits, College of the Mainland Art Gallery in Texas City, Narratives, PG Contemporary in Houston.
Kurlat's work has been featured in the following selected publications: Photo Jinju Catalog, Photogrvphy, Diffusion IX, Oxford American, Blur Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Main Street Projects, Glasstire, Artist's Secret: Archaic Photo Process, Fraction of a Second from Radius Books, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Houston Center for Photography’s Spot Magazine from Houston Center for Photography, Unless You Will, Yellow Magazine, FotoFest 2010 Biennial Catalogue, Light Leaked; Exhibition Catalog, The Art of Photography Show 2008; Exhibition Catalog, Resurrection: A New Look at Old Photographic Processes, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2007, Traces and Avenues.
Pratt Institute, BFA Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY 2005
Art Students League, New York, NY 1996-1999
Artist Dialogue, Houston Center for Photography, Spot Magazine Publication Award 2011
Photo Lucida Critical Mass, Finalist 2008
Photo Media Center Open Juried Exhibition, Juror Award 2007
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention 2007
Pratt Institute Survey Award, Faculty Selection, 2005