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A School for Nenets
A School for Nenets

A School for Nenets


83 Pages, 6.25 x 6.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $28.99 (US $28.99) (CA $34.99)

Publication Date: July 2016

ISBN 9783902833846

Rights: US & CA

Schlebrügge Editor (Jul 2016)
Schlebrugge Editor

Price: $28.99


In the suburbs of Vorkuta, a Russian city lying in the north of the Arctic Circle, there is a boarding school that hosts only children of the Nenets, the nomadic people of the Tundra. From autumn to spring the school hosts about 60 children ranging from 3 to 14 years old. The other half of the year, they live with their families and reindeers in the middle of the Tundra, in their traditional mobile tents called Chum. The carefully constructed photos by the Japanese artist Ikuru Kuwajima show the children as active and enthusiastic participants in his project; the classroom has become a photo studio. The children have brought objects with them that bear witness to their origins and the problems they face in adapting to the world of contemporary Russia. In many of the children's drawings that Kuwajima has chosen for the back cover of his accordion book, there are still many traditional forms of these ornamental, two-dimensional drawings. Ikuru Kuwajima communicates to us the magic and the energy of this distant children's world; at the same time, he allows us to sense the gradual disappearance of the old ways.

Author Biography

After studying photojournalism in the University of Missouri, Columbia for 4 years, Ikuru Kuwajima has been living and photographing in several post-communist states – Romania, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia. He extensively covered and traveled around Central Asia in the past three years and continues to photograph in the post-Soviet states. He's currently based in Kazan, Russia and is working on documentary projects around the region. He's fluent in Japanese, Russian and English.