Russia's Far North: Beyond the Polar Circle with Vladimir Ivanov

Russia's Far North: Beyond the Polar Circle with Vladimir Ivanov


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The seminar is dedicated to one of the most interesting destinations in a fascinating, yet lesser-known region of Russian Arctics. We’re going to virtually explore the various locations beyond the Polar Circle, analyzing their complicated history, nature, and arts as we transport ourselves to the extreme north of Russia.

We’ll begin our virtual journey at the ancient city of Archangel; a city that for centuries served as the only sea-port for the vast country of Russia. Birthplace of the Russian navy, the city is surrounded by villages famous for its folk crafts, such as Mezen painting (the inspiration behind painters such as Vasily Kandinsky). From Archangel, we will move on to the monastery of Solovky. We’ll learn how it was founded on a remote island in the White Sea in the fifteenth century and is still the most northern monastery in the world. We’ll also discuss how the monastery was the location of the first Soviet prison camp (GULAG) in the 1930s.

Next, we will move on to the industrial giant – the biggest Arctic city in the world, Murmansk. We’ll learn how this city is home to 10 Russian nuclear ice-breaker ships (one being a museum) and how the Allies sent military equipment for the USSR during World War II. At the end of the journey, we will visit the Yamal Peninsula, where a huge population of nomadic reindeer herders pursues their traditional lifestyle in the twenty-first century.

Led by St Petersburg based art historian and keen traveler himself, Vladimir Ivanov, this interactive seminar presents a historical and geographical overview of the Russian Arctics. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the history of the region and its significance for Russia and the world.

Holding an MA in Classics, Vladimir is an author of a book called “Inspired by outer space: images of the future in late Soviet architecture” and a key contributor to TASCHEN's edition "CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed". Vladimir has written articles on contemporary art for local media, done podcasts on photography and the Russian revolution. He has also curated a number of exhibitions, including "The Cradle of the Faith: Christian Presence in the Middle East" in New Michael Palace and "Lingua Sacra" in the Imperial Public Library. Currently, he is doing architectural walks in St Petersburg and shares his vast knowledge of arts through the tours of the Hermitage and Russian museums.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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