#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. At the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, with the support of Nornickel, The World in Faces exhibition has opened. Its author is the famous Russian ethnic photo artist Alexander Khimushin. The project was timed to coincide with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which is celebrated annually on August 9.
Children and old people, men and women, from India and Papua New Guinea, China and Indonesia, Guatemala and Ethiopia, Australia and Russia, look from the huge portraits. In total, more than 170 artistic photographs of representatives of different peoples of the world, shot in authentic national dress in places of residence.
The ethno-photographer made a significant part of these works with the support of the Nornickel company in Taimyr, where the Dolgans, Enets, Nenets, Evenks and Nganasans live.
“The preservation of the nature, traditions and culture of indigenous peoples, support and new opportunities for the development of indigenous activities – these are the themes that bring countries, international and commercial organizations, artists and creators together. Taking part in the exhibition of the World in Faces project at the UNESCO headquarters, Nornickel continues cooperation with Alexander Khimushin, which began in 2018 with an expedition to Taimyr. Thanks to his work, the whole world can see amazing, beautiful people living in remote corners of our planet, including in the north of Russia”, commented Tatiana Smirnova, director of the Public Relations Department at Nornickel.
Nornickel regularly participates in projects aimed at the economic and social development of the indigenous population of Taimyr. Last year, the company entered into a cooperation agreement with organizations representing the interests of local ethnic groups. A five-year comprehensive plan for assisting the development of indigenous peoples was developed for a total of two billion rubles. The program will run until 2024 and includes support for traditional activities, protection of the original habitat, as well as funding for housing, medical, infrastructure, tourism, socio-cultural projects.
“Nornickel is doing a lot to preserve and develop the original culture of indigenous small ethnic groups in the Far North. I thank the company for supporting the exhibition and caring about the future of small nations”, said Alexander Kuznetsov, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.
Representatives of the indigenous peoples of Russia, including the heroes of Alexander Khimushin’s works, said that the company pays special attention to the issue of preserving languages. With the support of Nornickel, the project to restore the Enets writing system is being implemented – a primer and an almanac of Sami literature are published.
According to the photo exhibition’s author, the preservation of the original culture and languages is one of the tasks of his project. The Nornickel company helped the photographer to take unique pictures in remote corners of Russia.
“It is gratifying that my project resonates with business representatives who understand the importance of preserving the unique heritage of indigenous peoples and do a lot to support projects related to the traditional cultures preservation. Therefore, thanks to the partnership with Nornickel, I was able to visit the remote corners of the Taimyr peninsula. This year our cooperation has reached a new level, because today’s large-scale photo exhibition at UNESCO took place precisely thanks to the support of the company. I am very glad to cooperate and hope for a full-fledged partnership in the future”, said Alexander Khimushin.
The exhibition will run until the end of August.
Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Nornickel press office and Alexander Himushin