Guardians is a new photographic series by Andy Freeberg, who focuses on the women who sit guard over the art in Russian museums. The seated women become as much a part of the viewing as the art above them. The women often become engaged by the pieces, and their role takes on a personal aspect when the art becomes part of their lives. "A woman in Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each way to work since she would rather be at the museum people watching and surrounded by the history of her country than at home sitting alone." Shown above is Kugach's, Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery.
Artist: Andy Freeberg
Guardians opens on March 13, 2010 at the Kopeikin Gallery in West Hollywood and runs through April 17, 2010.
Wallenskold's Reason, Russian State Museum
Going's, Unadilla Diner, Russian State Museum