`Arctic Lives' on show at Pitt Rivers

Photographs depicting the daily experience and environment of the peoples of Arctic Canada, Greenland, and Siberia are on display in a special exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum's Balfour Building.

`Arctic Lives', which opened on 10 January, is based on the work of Bryan Alexander, who has spent more than 25 years working in the region. During the past 3 years, he has worked with the Nenet people in Siberia, who make an annual 2,000 kilometre migration with their reindeer herds. His colourful prints (including `Igloo at Dusk, Canadian Arctic', pictured above) show the traditional lifestyle of these people, well adapted to their harsh environment but also responding to the pressures of rapid change.

Bryan Alexander's photographs are complemented by the Museum's small permanent display of objects from traditional Arctic cultures, and there is an audio-visual display in which he introduces the pictures. The exhibition runs until 15 March. Open 1–4.30 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Admission free.


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