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In Search of Hyperborea

Marina Galperina of Flavorwire writes:
In the past few years, sensationalist Russian news stories have claimed the discovery of Hyperborea — a land rooted in Greek myth, “a place of pure bliss, perpetual sunlight and eternal springtime,” supposedly located somewhere on the White Sea… right next to the snow-beaten, eerie sites of Soviet Gulag prison camps. Artist Anton Ginzburg has responded to this astonishing fantasy with project At the Back of the North Wind. These photographs document his journey “beyond the Boreas” (the North Wind) to the “primordial, virgin forest” of Portland, Oregon, to the dilapidated palaces and haunted natural history museums of St. Petersburg, Russia and finally, to the stark ruins of the Gulags themselves. Creating a dreamscape on the geographical and metaphorical sites of Hyperborea, the artist released giant clouds of red smoke to represent the collective unconscious.

Ginzburg’s work will be exhibited during the 54th Venice Biennale through November 27th.

Via Flavorwire.

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This entry was published on June 3, 2011 at 1:41 PM and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “In Search of Hyperborea

  1. Steve Ramirez on said:

    Interesting but somewhat disconnected for me. I would have guessed other meanings to be attached to the red smoke. Also…I want his glasses!

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