Elena is a visual artist working with documentary and art photography, video, archive, and installations. Originally hailing from the region of Baikal, she is currently based in Irkutsk and Moscow. Her professional activities are devoted to personal, long-term projects that are centered around lives in closed institutions, small communities, and isolation. Also, she works with subjects of borders, identity, and collective memory in the territory of Siberia, Far North, Russian Far East, and Baltic Sea borderlands.
Sagaan Sag(White Time) (2013-2016)
Olkhon is the only inhabited island of Lake Baikal and a tourist resort center of Siberia during summer-time. The island is a sacral place for several religions including shamanism and Buddhism, and it used to be a territory of neolithic sites. For several winter months, Elena Anosova recorded the everyday life of locals, objects of ancient tradition, and history. In December and January Olkhon is hard to access from the mainland and is separated from the world by the freeze-up. In winter interaction of cold with huge water space forms unique atmospheric nebulosity. It is the time when objects and people become a reflection of a modest human scale on an almost changeless sacral landscape. "Sagaan Sag" means "white time" in the language of Buryat, who live in Olkhon.
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