Ana Kazaroff

Location: Bethnal Green

On my first visit to an NHS hospital in London, I was asked to fill in a form stating my ethnicity. I didn’t know what to answer.

It was only when I moved to London in 2009 that I was confronted with the matter of national identity. Here, I am constantly asked to explain why my surname is Russian and my passport Italian, whilst I myself am Argentinian; why I celebrate Easter and Passover when in fact, I do not believe in God and moreover, my parents are atheist psychoanalysts.
My mother’s parents were Italian immigrants and my father’s grandparents, Jewish Ukrainians. In Argentina this is very common. I had consequently given little thought to the issue.

Emigrating has allowed me to view things from a different perspective. With renewed cognisance of indigenous populations, I began to feel like an intruder in the country that I had seen as my own. No longer could I see Argentina’s independence as a positive development; the creation of the country feels like a European construct. This shift in perspective has given me a better understanding of the fundamental role displacement has played in the geopolitics of our time.

I studied fine art in Buenos Aires (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte) and have attended several workshops and seminars from sumi-e, to different drawing techniques and opera scenery design.


'From London With Love' (December 2012), Material Gallery, London, UK
'Yu Sato and friends' (May 2011), 26 Rathbone Place, London, UK
'Sala IUNA' (December 2006), Conventillo Verde, Buenos Aires, Argentina
'La Muñeca' (December 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005), Galicia 333, Buenos Aires, Argentina