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In June 2014, the former office of the SEWER cooperative (North) burned down in the village of Batagai (Yakutia). The rooms of the building housed the archives of the Ege-Khaya mine (in operation until 1973) and the Soviet prisoner and labour camp YanLag (in operation until 1953). The archive stored thousands of personal files of former prisoners and civilians who had mined tin in one of the coldest places in the world.
In 2020, the Russian photographer Evgeniya Zhulanova visited the region and artistically documented the traces that are still visible today. In the process, she met former (forced) labourers who do not want to see the remaining pieces of memory and thus also a part of their own biography forgotten. The wastelands of the production sites, wooden barracks and watchtowers, personal objects of people and files from the archives are impressive testimonies to this much too little known history of more than 18 million people imprisoned in GuLAGs.
Dealing with the memory of Stalinist terror and dealing with state injustice is still difficult in Russia today. The human rights organisation ‘MEMORIAL’ was founded during perestroika by Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov. Its goal to this day is to anchor the history of the GuLAGs in public historical consciousness and to give the victims a face. In November 2021, the Russian prosecutor’s office applied for the dissolution of the internationally recognised organisation.
Evgeniya Zhulanova (Moskau, RU)
Photographer, photojournalist, storyteller
2014-2015, Fotodepartament Institute, Documentary photograph
2015-2018, Rodchenko Art School, Documentary photography
Evgeniya works with museums and Russian human rights organisations, such as Memorial International and the Sakharov Centre.
Her work has been published here and elsewhere: takiedela.ru ; the-village.ru ; Lenta.ru ; meduza.io ; «Русский репортер» ; «Кот Шредингера» fotodoc.center ; birdinflight.com ; rbth.com
Kuration: Elena Pagel
17.12.2021 - 02.03.2022
Most exhibitions are accompanied by a short print publication – the MAG nEUROPA.
The Galerie nEUROPA emerged from the former Galerie neue osten. In the traditional rooms of the Kultur Aktiv e.V. association, it increasingly presents individual positions by international artists and photographers. We invite all interested parties to accompany us on this exciting journey.
As a showcase for the association’s activities, the gallery presents positions of contemporary photographers from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to the Dresden public. The artists either come from these countries or were artistically active there. Some of the exhibitors are showing their works for the first time in Germany.
Mo-Fr, 10-16 Uhr
Bautzner Straße 49
Das Projekt wird durch die Förderrichtlinie “Wir für Sachsen” der Bürgerstiftung Sachsen gefördert.