Siberia-born Evgenia Arbugaeva (b. 1985) explores the Arctic landscapes of her childhood in her most recent photographic series, Weather Man. Arbugaeva aims to distil subliminal moments of magic in the scenes she records, imbuing the documentary format with a dream-like enchantment. The series evolved from a chance meeting with Vyacheslav Korotki, a meteorologist living in Khodovarikha – a remote outpost. The evocative sequence captures the austere Arctic, with the shimmering aurora borealis providing natural embellishment to the harsh isolation. The photographer documents ways of life rendered obsolete by societal and technological advances through the prism of childhood nostalgia. Korotki becomes a kind of meteorological shaman, stationed at the edge of the earth. Weather Man and Tiksi are currently on show in Arctic Stories at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. www.evgeniaarbugaeva.com.
A Peculiar Form Of Fiction at S1 Artspace, Sheffield
History isn’t just out there, particles of memory floating around. Since a story exists only in its telling, to convey truth requires mediation. Artworks in this exhibition lie between truth and telling.
Cara Barer crafts a tangible record of the book as an object, resisting its encroaching obsolescence in the face of digital repositories of information.