Deduka: a tale of one mind and two times

Author: Anna Scola


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My grandfather grew up in a small Russian village, before moving to Moscow to become a linguist and journalist. He was posted to Singapore in 1971 as a Chinese-speaking journalist to help establish Soviet-Singapore relations. Coming as an expatriate, but leaving as a local through humble explorations of the young nation-state, my grandfather truly fell in love with Singapore. Two generations later, I grow up between Russia and Singapore, living a parallel life to the one of my grandfather’s. I write about my own experiences as the mirror image I am of him, despite the years apart. Deduka is a photo essay narrating a friendship between my grandfather and me as we oscillate between our two homes. Separated by forty years of urban development, yet connected by our artistic dispositions, we witness this life through art and poetry.

ANNA SCOLA is an American Russian artist, writer, and curator. Having grown up in Singapore, Anna has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia. With her cross-cultural background, Anna's works explore issues of identity and insecurity that arise from such experiences. Anna is also a regular contributor of exhibition reviews and interviews for White hot Magazine. Anna writes in the style of creative nonfiction and personal essay because it is about something real, and art demands to be real. Anna studies fine arts and visual studies at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Deduka is her debut novel.

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Pages: 104 | Trim Size: 5.5x8.5

Genre: Biography

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