Raisa Nosova explores ideas of space and belonging. Her works challenges embedded modes of "being" and spotlights unheeded impressions found within the cultural landscape of "place." Nosova's recent body of work, a multimedia installation: "Lets Not Go Back To Cambodia" explores the impact of war and genocide.
In "Lets Not Go Back To Cambodia" Nosova investigates the traumatic impact of the Pol Pot Regime upon the Khmer people of Southeast Asia. Her 4'x4' oil paintings depict the bitterness of survival and resilience. This visual framing examines the psychological state of genocide survivors and the political climate of Cambodia's current order. By isolating her subjects in an atmosphere of darkness, Nosova opens a platform for discussion on the aftermath of mass killings, trauma and cultural displacement. She asks, “what is left”?
The oil paintings consist portraits, represented in an isolated, solemn, bitter emotion. As they gaze directly at the viewer, they portray strength, expressing their unimaginable survival through the four years of helpless domestic genocide. Since the paintings do not specify geographical or political context visually, the heavy mood of the work raises curiosity and opens conversation on the topic drawn from the title of the series."