Zhanna Kurmanova

Zhanna Kurmanova

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The Walls

Words & Images © Zhanna Kurmanova.

I came to United States in 2008, fresh off the boat and barely spoke English. It was tough at first, but I liked the freedom, so I stuck around. I enjoyed the diversity and meeting people from all over the world. They took me out of my comfort zone, challenged my views, and with time I started to call myself an American.

Asian American… I don’t like when people call me that, because it creates a wall between me and another person who is also an American. American Landscapes are full of walls that separate us as a nation. African American, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, Woman, are just few examples of the walls that exist today.

With the election coming up, it seems rather strange that a candidate who is openly racist against minorities and sexist against women is still in the race. As if we didn’t have enough walls already, Donald Trump keeps talking about building a wall. What he doesn’t understand is that the wall has been there all along, just because he hasn’t built it yet doesn’t mean people don’t feel it’s presence.

The project is titled The Walls. Though it’s not the walls that matter, but people who are affected by them.

New York City Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer Zhanna Kurmanova

New York City Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer Zhanna Kurmanova

New York City Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer Zhanna Kurmanova

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YPA 2016 MENTORING PROGRAM: AMERICAN LANDSCAPES

TEAM NEW YORK
MENTOR: Barry Rosenthal
MENTEE: Zhanna Kurmanova