February 26, 2018  |  Galya Morrell


ARCTICANOS are the boreal people, the Arctic’s first and utmost explorers. For many years I have been photographing and recording stories of my friends, children and elders, living in the Arctic’s most isolated and hardest-to-reach settlements. The ARCTICANOS Exhibition was born to be nomadic and has travelled the world on a reindeer, Yakutian Arctic horse, by dog-sled, donkey, tractor and in a small open boat.

This April ARCTICANOS will arrive to the drifting ice of the North Pole. The portraits printed on a biodegradable material will be frozen into the sea ice columns and will drift with the ice and currents, until the moment they melt and turn into ocean water.


The idea of freezing images in ice came a few years ago, when I was photographing my young friends living in tiny settlements in Yakutia, Siberia, who went as ambassadors of their villages with our Expedition Avannaa along the Road of Bones in Siberia to the Pole of Cold in Oymyakon.


Children, elders and I experimented with water and ice and images, along the mightiest of Siberian rivers, and later - on the sea ice of Northern Greenland.


Now ARCTICANOS are ready to arrive to the top of the world as a part of Young Explorers NORTH Expedition carrying the 61st Flag of The Explorers Club.


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