Norilsk

Norilsk

This book reproduces Russian photographer Yaroshenko's series on the world's most northernmost city, Norilsk, which was founded as a site for forced labour and was the centre of the Norillag system of GULAG labour camps, with 72,500 inmates ...

Author: Grigoriy Yaroshenko

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ISBN: 1999944208

Category: Norilʹsk (Russia)

Page: 72

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This book reproduces Russian photographer Yaroshenko's series on the world's most northernmost city, Norilsk, which was founded as a site for forced labour and was the centre of the Norillag system of GULAG labour camps, with 72,500 inmates at its peak in 1951. The city's collective memory includes traumas that are inscribed into its ruins: composed of massive and expansive housing blocks, seemingly infinite mines, quarries, and factories, and a permafrost extending towards the horizon in every direction. Its operating factories and plants are as much a fabric of the city as its natural geography. Looking to Yaroshenko's series of pictures, it is clear that the past and present can not be separated from one another. Yaroshenko's wandering eye has captured how a city can emerge from darkness in more ways than one, and can carve out a present without forsaking its history in the process.
Categories: Norilʹsk (Russia)