Street Road (streetroad.org) is an experimental art space in Western Chester County, Pennsylvania that hosts exhibitions, public workshops, and public lectures around the themes of property, ownership, and place.
Here, Maxim D. Shrayer reads from his new book 'Leaving Russia: a Jewish Story', a memoir of coming of age and struggling to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life. Narrated in the tradition of Tolstoy's confessional trilogy and Nabokov's autobiography, this is a searing account of the KGB's persecution of refuseniks, a poet's rebellion against totalitarian culture, and Soviet fantasies of the West during the Cold War. Shrayer's remembrances are set against a rich backdrop of politics and ethnic conflict on the brink of the Soviet empire's collapse.
We at Street Road are excited to host this presentation in the complementary context of the Proposals of Belonging exhibition, in which artists Jenna Buckingham (Philadelphia) and Kaori Homma (London/Japan) explore experiences of being uprooted from home, and processes of finding and inventing new places, new homes, for ourselves in the world. Join us for a last look at these accomplished bodies of work and for Shrayer's moving story with its generous doses of humor and tenderness.