The exhibition organizers, headed by the Taimyr Ethnocultural Traditions Keepers Union chairman Vasily Batagay, included in the exposition the best works made of bone by prominent masters. All of them graduated from the Norilsk College of Arts, and the only female bone carver in this company, Elena Musina, today heads the department of arts and folk crafts at the college.
At the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year, a bone carving workshop was opened at the college – the project was supported by Nornickel’s charitable program World of New Opportunities.
Author’s compositions from mammoth tusk, deer horn, walrus tusk on folklore and everyday themes, as well as amulets, jewelry and even tools and equipment clearly testify not only to the talent of modern masters, but also to their inextricable connection with the ethno-cultural traditions of the Taimyr peoples.
Bone carvers Alexey Chunanchar, Nikolay Mikhailovich and Nikolay Olegovich Kirgizov, Alexey and Nikolay Porotov developed their talent within the college walls. All of them are participants of many exhibitions and winners of a large number of professional competitions.
A 2003 graduate Alexey Chunanchar, once awarded a certificate of the Krasnoyarsk region governor for personal achievements in the field of culture and art, did not miss a single significant exhibition, including international ones.
Nikolay Mikhailovich Kirgizov has been a member of the Russia Artists Union since 2008 and is known as a book illustrator. His namesake, Nikolay Olegovich Kirgizov, is famous for his bone miniatures, awarded at the regional level.
At the opening day, exhibitors and guests underwent the Dolgan rite. It was held by Vasily Batagay, the Taimyr House of Folk Art’s decorative, applied and fine arts department’s head. According to ancient tradition, the collection curator with two assistants consecrated the exhibition place, decorating a special rope with multi-colored ribbons.
Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko