The Elderly Women Who Guard The Art Gallery (Суровые смотрительницы на страже российских музеев)

Russian Federation
Implemented by: 
Andy Freeberg
Relevant MIPAA Issues: 
I-1 (Active participation in society and development)
I-2 (Work and the ageing labour force)
III-4 (Images of ageing)

In most Russian state museums, the guardians are retired women women work as the guardians. They do not have to wear a uniform. In many cases, these elderly women appreciate art and have sufficient knowledge to explain the displayed art pieces. Inspired by this, a photographer, Andy Freeberg, initiated a photographic project of these elderly women entitled "Guardians of Russian Art Museums".