Elena Anosova
Originally hailing from the picturesque region of Baikal, artist Elena Anosova (b. 1983) is currently based in Moscow and Irkutsk. She completed her education at Rodchenko Art School (2016), Moscow, Russia and has already participated in a number of national and international projects and exhibitions. Anosova’s work is centered around lives in closed institutions and small communities, isolation, social stigmatization. The impulse of research of such communities arose in a reflection of her teenage period spent at the closed rehabilitation boarding school. Elena also works with subjects of borders, identity, and collective memory in the territories of Siberia, the Extreme North, and the Russian Far East. Anosova has been a winner of various competitions. She is a recipient of the World Press Photo, World.Report Award – Documenting Humanity and Center Project Launch Grant. She works using documentary photos, videos, installations, archival images, and book projects.
The project was created on the far away territories of the Extreme North of Russia, where bad accessibility and isolation, special relationship with nature and following the century-long ways of life involve unique mythology of the region where the fictional things are very often more important than modern reality. These lands are immersed into the flow of their own life activity, where the past and the present surprisingly interlace. My ancestors were hereditary hunters in a small settlement in the basin Nizhnyaya Tunguska River. Almost 300 years ago they came to colonize Siberia, then assimilated into the Evenkis (Tunguses) and founded a village in taiga. Nowadays the population of the village is 100 adults and the closest town is 300 km away, there are no roads and the only thing that connects it with civilization is the helicopter that shuttles twice a month, the transport connection functions only 2 out of 5 winter months. Life for this part of my family — my father’s siblings and numerous cousins and nephews — has not changed for centuries in that remote area surrounded with pristine wilderness. Modern civilization penetrates slowly and fragmentarily in there, it is intricately woven into the local way of life. Electricity, supplied by a diesel generator, is available only in the mornings and evenings. Temperatures in winter average -45° Celsius. I look into such questions as who we are, where are we from and how encapsulated micro communities survive without external influences.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.