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Out-of-the-way by Elena Anosova

Elena Anosova work concentrates on boundaries and isolation. The Out-of-the-way story, made between 2015 and 2017, is about a settlement in the far North of Russia, founded about 300 years ago by Anosova’s ancestors and other people. She has never been there before, and traveled there for the first time to shoot this story. In her work Anosova explores the isolated microcosm. People in that region preserve not only their identity, but also their myths and legends. The place is the epitome of mythology. It was important for Elena Anosova to show this amazing community, that conserves itself and accepts the new only with great caution.

One of the aims of Anosova’s work is to ask where we come from, which our roots are. Anosova’s ancestors were hereditary hunters in a small settlement near the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River. Almost 300 years ago they came to colonize Siberia, then assimilated with the Evenks – one of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, with a population of roughly 40,000 – and founded a village in the taiga. Nowadays the population of the village is 130 people, all of them distant relatives. Life of this part of Anosova’s family – her father’s siblings and numerous cousins and nephews – has not changed for centuries in the remote area surrounded with pristine wilderness.

Elena Anosova lives between Moscow and Irkutsk. She graduated from Irkutsk State Technical University. In 2013, Anosova started studying documentary photography at the famous Rodchenko Photography and Multimedia School in Moscow. She is the winner of multiple photography contests, including the Russian Young Photographers Contest (2015), the Andrei Stenin International Contest (2016), Portraits – Hellerau Photography Awards (2016), LensCulture Exposure Awards (2017), and World Press Photo (2017, 2d Prize Daily Life). Her work has been exhibited during group and solo exhibitions in Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Austria, Italy, and the USA. Schilt Publishing & Gallery is extremely proud to show the work of this exceptional talent this fall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.