Galya wrote to us at the ABCC “ICEBERG(s) will open on Feb 17th when the Sun will rise in Qaanaaq after a long polar night.”
If you are in Moscow it’s a must see – but do check out her brilliant artwork, thinking about ice, cold, the environment and culture as well as social initiatives in Greenland on her site.
Schusev State Museum of Architecture 119019, Russia, Moscow, Vozdvizhenka str., 5/25. Неофициальный твиттер Музея Архитектур (This looks like a museum to check out too in itself, with a brilliant new iceberg-themed marketing campaign.)
Galya is based in Greenland but grew up in Russia, a ‘tundra girl.’ She is an incredible person and this short blog piece only touches the tip (of the iceberg) of her own story, passions and accomplishments.
Hoping Galya’s Iceberg(s) will tour further. We share a huge interest in the cold, culture, art, climate and Russia, where our Antarctic food and cultural history story is based.
A bit more about Galya in her words: “When people ask me who I am and what I do, I tell them that I am a «triple-cross hybrid” – a vagabond, an adventure artist, and a messenger who deliveres unsolicited news from the places that are invisible to most people. Quite often this news is not exactly the one that the world wants to hear or accept, so the messenger is responsible…
My basic nomadic instincts – a homelessness – I’ve inherited from my ancestors, the Komi caribou herders, who for centuries lived in their portable skin houses, the chums, and travelled the tundra along with their Arctic neighbors, the fabulous Nenets. All their life was about adaptation and survival. They mastered the art of staying alive. But by no means my ancestors pitied themselves or wished another/better life, so why should I?
..As a little girl, I hated lice, was embarrassed to be a «tundra girl» and instead wanted to be a «city girl» and enjoy a glamorous life in the heart of a «lice-free civilization». More than anything I wanted to become a ballerina and dance at the Bolshoy Theater. I had many dreams, but most of them did not come true.
…I was always fascinated with northern fairy-tales on which I grew up. In them, a seal customarily turned into a woman, and a woman married a caribou or an arctic fox. Animals and humans intermarried, and their off-spring had some very special powers. Most of these stories would be considered absolutely politically incorrect in the West, but for my ancestors there was no real border between humans and animals, as there was no border between life and death, light and dark, illusion and reality…All these things and themes play a major role in my art.