“The Searchers” is a series of photography conducted by the collaborative duo Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher which investigates Western spiritual tourism in India. The project, which is currently on view at the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2007 in The Netherlands, developed from a year-long trip that the artists took throughout ashrams, retreat centers and pilgrimage destinations of India. What was discovered through that religious landscape was varied and was stated by the artists as “a more nuanced relationship than we expected between India and the Westerners.” Other related projects for Bezzubov include “Things Fall Apart,” a photographic series that illustrates the aftermath of natural disasters in India, California, the Midwest, Florida, and Indonesia and Thailand, and “The Gringo Project,” which is a series of portraits of Western travelers in third world countries. “Things Fall Apart” has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, and has been exhibited in the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, NYC, and with Taylor De Cordoba in Los Angeles.
Bezzubov received her MFA from the Yale University School of Art and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Purchase. The artist has received two Fulbright Scholarship Awards, one from travel to Cambodia (2000-01) and one for travel to India (2005-06).