Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Nornickel, and Krasnoyarsk Surikov Art Museum presented an exhibition called The History of Russia in Photographs: Norilsk.
The exhibition sponsored by Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and Nornickel is on view in Krasnoyarsk to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the city of Norilsk and Nornickel’s Company Day (15 July) and will be open to the public from 13 July to 5 August 2018 at Krasnoyarsk Surikov Art Museum at 12 Mira Avenue, Krasnoyarsk.
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Collection of the State Archives of the Russian Federation
The exhibition features unique NKVD albums from the Russian State Archive along with photographs from the collection of the Moscow House of Photography and Nornickel’s archives. On display will be works by Vsevolod Tarasevich, a renowned photographer of the Soviet era, and by contemporary photographers Grigory Yaroshenko and Ivan Mikhaylov. A total of around 130 photos will be exhibited during the event.
The exhibition traces back the creation and evolution of Norilsk, a unique industrial city 300 km north of the Arctic Circle — one of the world’s northernmost inhabited settlements. The photographs depict the first geological surveys of Taimyr ore deposits led by the prominent geologist Nikolay Urvantsev in the 1920s, and then move on to portray a mammoth project of the Stalin era — the erection of Norilsk Plant in the 1930s amid the hardships associated with the facility’s remote location and harsh climate of the Far North.
Also on display are some unique snapshots of Norilsk Plant before and during World War II, including the first tonne of metal produced in 1939, its transportation via the Northern Sea Route, and the use of Norilsk-branded nickel in high-performance armoured alloys designed for heavy machinery and in ultra-light structures for military aviation.
In 1953, Norilsk was given town status before finally shedding its image of a prison camp site and embarking on a more traditional path of urban development after Stalin’s death. Over time, Norilsk established itself as the centre of a complex urban universe spanning satellite towns and settlements that supported various parts of the plant’s operational process. In the 1960s and 1970s, Norilsk rolled out a dedicated plan for urban construction to better protect residents from the violent winds and snowstorms. This period was captured by Vsevolod Tarasevich, who did a series of photo shoots in Norilsk between 1963 and the 1970s.
Today’s Norilsk is featured in the works of Grigory Yaroshenko and Ivan Mikhaylov. Many-time winners of the Silver Camera Award, the two famous young photographers were engaged by Nornickel to tell their story of Norilsk and the plant.
Notes to editors:
Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and Nornickel are long-standing partners. As part of their collaboration under The History of Russia in Photographs project, they created a unique website — www.russiainphoto.ru, published four volumes of the same name, and staged multiple exhibitions in a variety of Russian cities (Moscow, St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Samara, etc.).
In 2015, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and then Norilsk Arts Gallery presented a project based on extensive archive research to mark the 80th anniversary of Norilsk Plant. In autumn 2017, the Russian Feast exhibition and the multimedia installation on the conquest of the Arctic enjoyed remarkable success at Taimyr’s Museum of Local History (Dudinka). Bolshoi. New Time, an exhibition by Dmitry Starshinov featuring backstage photos of the Bolshoi Theatre ballets, was prepared for Fashion and Style in Photography 2017, an international festival held in Moscow. The exhibition gained a lot of attention in the capital before being showcased in Norilsk and Dudinka as part of the Golden Mask Festival tour.