Evgenia Arbugaeva’s Acclaimed “Tiksi” Series Opens at CDS: Photographs from Siberia’s Arctic Coast

Photograph from "Tiksi: Photographs by Evgenia Arbugaeva."

“Tanya and Pasha during ‘Kolyada,’ a traditional Christmas Eve ritual.” Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva.

The Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host an exhibit of photography by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. The photographer will be in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in partnership with Duke’s Center for International Studies; the residency was established for Emergency Fund grantees with the goal of connecting international artists with the Duke community to encourage the exploration of social issues through the medium of photography. Scroll down for a slideshow of images from the Tiksi series.

September 16, 2013–January 11, 2014
Porch and University Galleries
Center for Documentary Studies University and Porch Galleries
1317 West Pettigrew Street, Durham, North Carolina

Thursday, November 14, 6–9 p.m. reception and artist’s talk

Born in 1985, Arbugaeva grew up in Tiksi with its coastal tundra, the aurora borealis, windy snowstorms, and endless days and nights. Her family moved when she was eight years old, but Arbugaeva carried with her memories of “a magical realm of wonder and discovery where she reveled in the ‘little miracles’ of her endless natural playground,” writes James Estrin in a feature story on Lens, the New York Times photo blog. Fast forward—past college in Moscow, a year photographing nomadic reindeer herders in Russia, and a certificate program at the International Center of Photography in New York—to 2009, when Arbugaeva returned to Tiksi “to make sure this place really existed.” On that and subsequent trips, she found and followed her muse and guide, Tanya, a thirteen-year-old Tiksi resident who helped Arbugaeva reconnect with the wonder of her own childhood there.

Arbugaeva received a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant in 2012 to complete the Tiksi series; the work garnered her the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, a prestigious international photography prize, as well as a spot on Photo District News’ “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” list.


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