The life of this part of my family — my father’s siblings and numerous cousins and nephews — has not changed for centuries in that remote area surrounded with pristine wilderness
Elena Anosova (b. 1983) is a visual artist working with documentary and art photography, video, archive, and installations. Originally hailing from the region of Baikal (Russia, Siberia), she is currently based in Moscow and Irkutsk. She is member of MAPS Images, a creative laboratory and photo agency. She teaches visual arts (Moscow and S.Peterburg) at Rodchenko Art School, School of Visual Arts, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Academy Fotografika. The most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal, long-term projects that are centered around lives in closed institutions, small communities, and isolation. Her work has been published around the world including National Geographic (USA).
2019.11.23 > 2020.01.11
The project “Out-of-the-Way” was created on the far away territories of the Extreme North of Russia, where bad accessibility and isolation, special relationship with nature and following the century-long ways of life involve unique mythology of the region where the fictional things are very often more important than modern reality.
Anosova's ancestors were hereditary hunters in a small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River. For almost three centuries, when they colonize that region of Siberia, they have lived in an old house as a large family with more than 15 children. Nowadays the population of the village is 130 people, and all of them are distant relatives: those who are not brothers, are related in a neighbourly way. As she recalls, the life “of this part of my family — my father’s siblings and numerous cousins and nephews — has not changed for centuries in that remote area surrounded with pristine wilderness”.
Anosova travelled between 2015 and 2017 for the first time to this region, in order to explore the microcosm in which they live, which it is almost completly isolated from the outside world. In such an environment as the one she depicts, where modern civilization hardly penetrates and the closest town is 300 km away -and the transport connection functions only in winter time- it is not hard to imagine how mighty the local and family legends and tradicions still are in the settlement. For her, “this place is the epitome of mythology”.
Opening: November 23, from 6 to 8 pm
Artist talk: November 22, 5 pm. South Auditorium of the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto (FBAUP). Speakers: Elena Anosova, Susana Lourenço Marques & Pablo Berástegui