Philadelphia based artist, Vita Litvak grew up in Tiraspol, the capital of the self-declared post-Soviet nation of Transnistria. Litvak’s family immigrated to the United States shortly after the violent civil war that raged through the region in the summer of 1992. Her work continues to be informed by her experiences of migration and investigate its effects on perception, identity, and subjectivity. Her practice is rooted in the photographic medium, but extends into video and community based projects. In her recent work, Pastorius Gardens, she has partnered with Germantown Men Who Care, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, local artists, and community members to create a community garden on a vacant lot in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Litvak holds a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently the Adult Programs Manager at Fleisher Art Memorial and Adjunct Professor at Moore College of Art. She has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College, an Adjunct Professor at Richard Stockton College and at Virginia Commonwealth University.