The work of the traveling exhibition “In the mirror of time: the Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” on board of the ship “Rimskiy-Korsakov” as part of the expedition “Slavic course — 2012”


The exhibition “In the Mirror of Time: Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” was working on board of the ship “Rimsky-Korsakov” as part of the expedition “Slavic course — 2012” (Khanty-Mansiysk — Salekhard — Omsk, 20.06.2012 — 05.07.2012, expedition head — Ekaterina Lonshakova) organized by the Society of Russian Culture (Surgut) due to the support of the Government of Khanty-Mansy Autonomous Area – Yugra and with the assistance of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences. A traveling exhibition crossed from north to south almost the whole of Russia.

The works selected for the exhibition present one of the most important collections of archival photographic materials which is now stored in the MAE RAS as well as the archives of the expedition “Slavic course”, which gathered a wonderful collection of photographs dedicated to the cultural heritage of Yugra.

Not only members of the expedition team, but residents of small Ob river settlements such as Octyabriskoe, Sherkaly, Nizjnie Narykary, Beriozovo, Azov, Muzji, Shuryshkary, Gorki, Bolsherechie became the audience of the exhibition.

In 2011 due to the support of the Center for National Glory, the Russian embassy in Slovenia and Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation Federal Agency (commonly known as Rossotrudnichestvo) variants of the exhibition project were presented within the frames of the XI Annual Session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"  (Rhodes, Greece), at the Russian Center of Science and Culture and Ljubljana as well as the international economic conference “Russia and the European Union” in Bled (Slovenia)

and in the city of Maribor during the festival “Maribor 2012. European Capital of Culture”.

The exhibition authors have looked at the museum photographic collection as a family album of sorts. The main function of a family album is to gather “social assets” of a family and present those to the outside world. They also tried to bring to the attention of the guests of the exhibition our understanding of the basic principles of Russian civilization.

Series of lectures entitled “Live together, while remaining diverse: actual problems of the history and development of the multinational Russian state” were presented on board the ship for the representatives of cultural institutions and the media of Yugra. Concerts, music and art workshops were organized. The research programs dedicated to the study of local forms of identity were carried out in the riverside villages.

Prof. Efim Rezvan, deputy director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences, is the scholarly director of the exhibition project. Anna Kudriavtceva is the co-author of the exhibition catalogue. Dr. Anton Uspensky, the leading researcher of the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) is the artistic consulter of the project


Photographs by Anna Kudriavtceva, Efim Rezvan, Elvira Ganeeva