New Photo Exhibit Exposes Life in Siberia

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota isn't the only place where winter can last for what seems like forever. The same can be said for Siberia, a remote and sometimes forgotten part of Russia. The Weisman Museum of Art in Minneapolis is launching a new photography exhibit on February 1st named "Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined."

The photographs span from the 1870's to the present, and have never been showcased in the United States.

One of the exhibit's photographs, taken by photographer Anastasia Rudenko, depicts bikini-clad women posing comfortably on a snow-covered riverbank. The exhibit, consisting of more than one hundred photographs, captures the essence of life in that rugged part of the world.

Laura Joseph, the coordinating curator for the exhibition, said, "there's a lot of similarities between life here in Minnesota and life in Siberia, aside from the obvious, which is the weather. The photographs really show how people in Siberia display that endurance to the cold weather, and here at home, we know what that's like."

The culturally-rich exhibit is also providing inspiration for University of Minnesota students. The WAM Collective, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, created the "WAM Warmer," a pop-up structure on Northrop's plaza. The structure was inspired by a traditional dwelling used by the nomadic and reindeer herders of Siberia.

The exhibition is open to the public on February 1st and will remain at the Weisman Museum of Art until May.

Admission is free.

If you want to get a sneak-peak of the exhibition, the museum is organizing a preview party on Friday, January 31st at the Museum. To RSVP, visit the WAM website.


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