Hyperborea series, 2011
The photographic series Hyperborea, follows the narrative of the film. The photos were taken during filming and serve as a document of the developing of the project. Anton Ginzburg constructed points of intersection between memory – individual or collective – and imagination. Drawing on the many stories about the mythical region of Hyperborea, he set out to locate it and travelled to the distant Northern territories. His expedition traversed the forests of the American Pacific Northwest, the faded palaces of Saint Petersburg, and the Gulags of Russia’s White Sea. On the trail of ancient vestiges, primary forests, mammoth fossils and ruins, the explorer was accompanied by the mysterious cloud of red smoke.