EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA: ARCTIC STORIES
6 NOVEMBER 2015 - 16 JANUARY 2016
11 August 2015
Print Sales Gallery presents Arctic Stories, a solo exhibition by award winning photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva (b. 1985, Siberia). Comprising two bodies of work, Weather Man (2014) and Tiksi (2012), the exhibition reflects Arbugaeva’s romantic fascination and childhood nostalgia for the Arctic.
Arbugaeva’s images combine documentary and narrative photography styles, portraying personal stories in ‘magical realist’ compositions seeped in fairy tales, myths and fables. Through her work, Arbugaeva aims to preserve what is being eroded or lost in the advance of modern technology and societal changes. Her imaginative mise-en-scene and the childlike quality of her subjects echo the innocence and idealism of a time she views as disappearing.
Weather Man depicts the solitary life of Vyacheslav Korotki, a 63 year old meteorologist who lives in Khodovarikha - a remote arctic outpost, in northern Russia. A chance encounter with Korotki led Arbugaeva to return to his station and document his day-to-day life: the extreme conditions of his surroundings and isolation of his existence.
Shot against the sunless skies of the Arctic’s polar nights, Arbugaeva uses fleeting traces of light to create a heightened sense of space and perspective. Her intimate portraits follow Korotki as he navigates the atmospheric landscapes of the Arctic and position him as a ‘weather magician at the edge of the world’.
Tiksi is a Siberian settlement on the shore of the Arctic Ocean and Arbugaeva’s birthplace. Once an important USSR military and scientific base, Tiksi’s community diminished after the Soviet collapse as its residents – including Arbugaeva’s family - left for larger towns and cities. Returning for the first time in 2010, Arbugaeva was struck by its decline and set about reclaiming her childhood memories through a series of photographs.
Tiksi is Arbuagaeva’s love-letter to the past, narrating the adventures of a girl called Tanya, a representation of the artist’s younger self. The images capture her playing amongst candy-coloured houses, snowcapped valleys and the eerie glow of the nightly aurora borealis.
Evgenia Arbugaeva reflects: In my work I am photographing the ‘real’, but I am also trying to create a dreamlike surreal atmosphere to emphasize feelings. I am not so interested in the reality of a place, but rather little pieces, moments that contribute to the fairy tale feeling I have when I am there.
Prices range from €1400 to €5200 + VAT with prints produced in varying dimensions. Additional works from these series are available on request.
Notes for Editors
Evgenia Arbugaeva was born in 1985 in the town of Tiksi. In her work she often looks into her homeland—the Arctic, discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them. Arbugaeva has been a winner of various competitions. She is a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award, Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant. Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Le Monde, among others. www.evgeniaarbugaeva.com
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