Evgenia Arbugaeva (b. 1985) grew up in the secluded port city of Tiksi, on the shore of the Laptev Sea, Russia. Her series ‘Tiksi’, in which she captured life in her North-Siberian hometown, was chosen as the winning project of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013. In her work she combines documentary approaches with allusions to the realm of fables, myths and romanticism.
With ‘Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic’, the Photographers’ Gallery presents the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK. The showcase brings together four ‘chapters’ of her long-term project on life in the Russian Arctic, whose beginnings date back to 2013. Each group of images reveals both the fragility and resilience of the Arctic land and its inhabitants, illuminating the connections between nature, sky, earth, light and dark. At the same time, Arbugaeva conveys how climate change is threatening the environment and way of life depicted in her images.
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