Liliya Dashevski is a Graduate student in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She received her M.A in the History of Art department in the University of Haifa, Israel, where she wrote her thesis on Mikhail Vrubel’s art. She is currently interested in two projects: Russia’s childhood material culture of the 19th century, and Russian speaking culture in Israel.
I traveled to San Diego in February 2020 to attend the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages conference. I presented my work on the New Barbizon, a group of five contemporary Israeli painters who emigrated from the Former Soviet Union to Israel. In my presentation, I examined the perception of painters in Israel and argued that Israel’s problematic Socialist-Realist past affected how the Israeli art establishment viewed their art.