Evgenia Arbugaeva ‘Weather Man’

© Evgenia Arbugaeva

© Evgenia Arbugaeva

Du 12 février 2015 au 4 avril 2015, à la galerie in camera, 21 rue Las Cases – 75007 Paris.
du mardi au samedi de 14h à 19h ou sur rendez-vous.

Vyacheslav Korotki is a man of extreme solitude. He is a meteorologist. In the past thirty years, he has lived on Russian ships and, more recently, in Khodovarikha, an Arctic outpost, where he was sent by the state to measure the temperatures, the snowfall, the winds. The outpost lies on a fingernail of a peninsula that juts into the Barents Sea. The closest town, by any definition, is an hour away by helicopter.

Evgenia Arbugaeva, a photographer who grew up in the Arctic town of Tiksi, spent two extended stays with Korotki. “The world of cities is foreign to him—he doesn’t accept it,” she says. “I came with the idea of a lonely hermit who ran away from the world because of some heavy drama, but it wasn’t true. He doesn’t get lonely at all. He kind of disappears into tundra, into the snowstorms. He doesn’t have a sense of self the way most people do. It’s as if he were the wind, or the weather itself.”


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