UPDATE, March 03, 2011: Join us for a last look at this stunning photo exhibition. The curator will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the coldest place on earth. We’ll also have refreshments. Children are welcome! More details on the facebook event page.
Proud to announce the opening of the photo exhibition On the Road of Bones: Ghosts of the Siberian Gulag Along the Old Kolyma Highway featuring my, Nastya Borisova and Ajar Varlamov’s winter photographs of this year’s Journey to Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold.
The preview of the Road of Bones winter photographs collection will take place today at Kris Waldherr Art and Words Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The event will last till December 5th, 2010. All fans of Siberia’s Yakutia and the Kolyma Highway are welcome!
Further, please, find more event details.
Title: On the Road of Bones: Ghosts of the Siberian Gulag Along the Old Kolyma Highway
Location: Kris Waldherr Art and Words Gallery, Address: 1501 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, New York 11226. Phone: (347) 406-5811 (info & direction)
Dates: September 10th — December 5th, 2010.
Open hours: Friday evenings and Saturdays, other times by appointment or chance.
Cost: Admission free.
Artists: Bolot Bochkarev, Nastya Borisova, and Ajar Varlamov.
Curated by Thomas Ross Miller (profile & exhibits).
The exhibit website: http://ontheroadofbones.com/
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«Journey to the Pole of Cold in On the Road of Bones: Ghosts of the Siberian Gulag Along the Old Kolyma Highway at Kris Waldherr Art and Words studio-gallery in Brooklyn. Through photography and mixed media, this powerful exhibition reveals the secret history and hidden landscape of Kolyma, formerly the land of Soviet labor camps and the coldest inhabited region on earth. Stunning new works by young native Siberian photographers Bolot Bochkarev, Nastya Borisova, and Ajar Varlamov trace the remains of the vast highway built across the taiga, tundra, and permafrost of North Asia by Stalin’s prisoners. Curated by anthropologist Thomas R. Miller, the exhibition juxtaposes the tragic events of the past with the natural beauty of the frozen land and the daily lives of far northern people.»
«Through photography and testimony, On the Road of Bones conjures a hauntology of the hidden past. In the Soviet Union from 1932 to 1953, millions of victims of Soviet repression were sent to forced labor camps in Siberia, where they constructed the Kolyma Highway across the frozen ground of the coldest inhabited regions on earth. Untold numbers of them died and were buried along the route; prisoners said there was one body for each log cut down to clear the forest. Some of these half-forgotten places are now abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Over long stretches the ruins of the road are traversed only by the occasional convoy of trucks and motorcycles.»
«Across European Russia and the Ukraine, arbitrary purges and arrest quotas separated families forever. Many never returned from the roads leading north. Inmates were forced to build their own jails and dig their own graves. The human toll is impossible to calculate. After more modern highways were built the Road of Bones was little travelled, and parts of it fell into disrepair. In the last five years, it has become popular with adventure travelers and long-distance motorcyclists drawn by the challenge of the frequently impassable route through the Verkhoyansk Mountains in extreme weather. In January 2010, young native Siberian photographers Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov, and Nastya Borisova said to each other “Why not visit the world’s coldest place in the coldest period of time?” Images in the exhibition include excerpts from the visual diary of their midwinter journey to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest settlement, known as the Pole of Cold.»
The exhibition consists of winter landscape photographs, portraits, mixed-media, and installations.
About our road trips
That was a 5-day winter road trip to Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold. We did really enjoy cold weather and took many winter photographs. More info and photos about our travel to the Siberian coldest place at AskYakutia.com and more videos at eYakutia.com.
The exhibition preview. Sept. 10, 2010, Brooklyn, New York.
Photos by Diane Saarinen:
A photo report by Gale Krylova.