World famous photographer and traveler Alexander Himushin organized an auction at which he presented two works: the portraits of children from the Volochanka village school. The auction will last 48 hours, he announced on his Facebook page.
One of the photos shows sisters Katya and Jannu Seryuk, the students of the school that burned-out some days ago in Volochanka, their mother worked in the school too. A Yakut girl is depicted on the second photo, the work was exhibited at the UN headquarters.
“Two years ago I worked on The World In Faces project in Volochanka, where I made many portraits of local residents. I spent most of my free time at school, as that place was the center of attraction in the village”, the photographer wrote.
He also noted that he really felt what a great shock to the local residents the fire had. As Alexander said, that school was special, since there was no other place in the world where children of the small ethnic Nganasan group could study their native language and culture.
“August 9 was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. However, this year there was no celebration in the village of Volochanka. Just a day before, a strong wind completely burned down the local school. It will take a long time to build a new one, because all materials have to be brought by helicopters. There is no trees in the tundra. The situation is really critical. I want to help Volochanka’s children return to school by putting up my works for auction. This is also a unique chance for you to purchase one of my finest works of art far below its market value and at the same time help the children from the indigenous peoples of the Arctic Siberia! ” – the photographer wrote.
Both works measuring 2 by 1.33 meters are exhibited with a starting bid of 5 000 dollars.
Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: open sources