Reception and Artist’s Talk Celebrates Evgenia Arbugaeva’s “Tiksi” Exhibit, November 14

Tanya on the tundra. Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva.

“Tanya surveys the land.” Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva.

A reception and artist’s talk with photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva will celebrate her exhibit Tiksi, the acclaimed series of photographs from Arbugaeva’s hometown on Siberia’s Arctic Coast currently on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. View a slideshow of images below. Arbugaeva is 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.

Thursday, November 14, 6–9 p.m. 
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 West Pettigrew Street, Durham, North Carolina

Tiksi will be on view through January 11, 2014, in CDS’s Porch and University Galleries; click here for more information on Evgenia Arbugaeva and the project.

Arbugaeva was born in Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast; her family moved when she was eight years old, but she 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. Returning to her hometown years later, she captures its coastal tundra, the aurora borealis, windy snowstorms, and endless days and nights with that sense of childhood wonder, guided by her muse, Tanya, a thirteen-year-old Tiksi resident.

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

The Tiksi exhibit and artist’s talk are cosponsored by Duke University’s Center for International Studies.

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