“The Heart of Yugra” exhibition at the Russian Museum of Ethnography
The Russian Museum of Ethnography is one of the world's largest ethnographic museums, and has also been dubbed the “Hermitage of Ethnography”. In its exhibitions, the museum collects, studies and recreates the traditional culture of the peoples of multinational Russia, promoting interest in their historical roots. The Russian Museum of Ethnography's collection of the indigenous cultures of the North and Siberia is one of the largest ethnographic collections in the world and rightfully belongs to the golden fund of world ethnography.
On 15 June, the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg will showcase "Artistic Discovery of the Peoples of the North”, a project prepared by the Roscongress Foundation. The pilot phase will be "The Heart of Yugra,” an exhibition by Oleg Zotov, a photographer of international standing from St. Petersburg. The subjects of the photos include the Circumpolar Urals, the Neroyka mountain, the mighty Russian rivers Irtysh and Ob, the taiga, waterfalls, lakes, mines with rock crystal, swamps, solar panels, moss, oil derricks, wild plants, deer, mammoth tusks, homemade boats called oblas, jewellery, costumes, and of course, portraits of Khanty and Mansi peoples.
All the works presented at the exhibition are on display for the first time. The author of the exhibition, photographer Oleg Zotov, draws on original legends and traditions to present his vision of the Yugra land, mythologizing it using the techniques of fashion and fine art photography. The main subject is the linking of man and nature and their harmonious development.
Exhibition officially opens 15 june at the Russian Museum of Ethnography 16:30-18:00
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