Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse0
LFI: Evgenia Arbugaeva, winner Leica Award
In LFI nine magical pages on Evgenia Arbugaeva, winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva, who lives and works in New York, returned to Tiksi, her native village in Siberia. There she met the young Tanya, a girl reminded her of her own youth and inspired her to make a series of photos. The result is a charming and enchanting series in which photos of silent snow landscapes, a tranquil boat graveyard and a village full of brightly coloured houses with peeling paint are interspersed with images of snowstorms, green northern lights and the two characters in the pictures: Tanya and uncle Vanya.
Once Tiksi was an important military and scientific base. People came to it from across the country to find work or because of some romantic dream they had about the High North. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the military base and the airport were shut down. Unemployment rose and the village became cut off from the rest of the country. Many people left Tiksi and, like Evgenia and her family, moved to larger towns in Siberia.
Evgenia never forgot the town where she was born. The feeling of longing for Tiksi remained. In the winter of 2011 she returned to it for the first time. The scenery was still beautiful but the town was deserted. Here she met Tanya and they became friends. Tanya reminded Evgenia of herself when she was a child. She had the same fascination with the sea and the tundra and the same urge to explore her surroundings. With this project she expresses her bond with today’s Tiksi, and with the memories of her childhood.
LFI | Leica Fotografie International
No 6 | August 2013
90 pages | Language: English