In collaboration with INaSEC Sandra Reddin is currently exhibiting at the Icon Museum in Kampen from

16th December 2017

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, hundreds of local, regional and national pilgrim routes and shrines have been created, restored and rebuilt. This process of revival braids the traditional and the contemporary, brings together seekers, neophytes and those who maintained the faith in the ‘godless’ Soviet era. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life participate in these pilgrimages. What motivates and drives them to take part, and how do they experience the divine in a landscape which was desecrated and is being gradually reclaimed by the Church? 

With these questions in mind, British photographer Sandra Reddin has travelled from the the White Sea to the heartlands of the Golden Ring, from east of the Urals to the Estonian borderlands, visiting shrines and joining processions. She walked together with Dr Stella Rock, who has been researching the revival of pilgrimage in Russia for over seven years. The thousands of pictures that have resulted from this collaboration document the diversity and humanity of contemporary Orthodox pilgrimage. Her pictures invite the viewer to look twice, and to explore Russian Orthodoxy as it is lived, rather than as it is written.

In collaboration with the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, INaSEC presents a double exhibition of Sandra Reddin's work and the Serbian icon painter and theologian Borislav Prodanovic .http://quietlighticons.blogspot.co.uk/ The photographs and icons offer two distinct perspectives on the post-Soviet processes of religious revival and renewal.

Sandra Reddin's exhibition images are available for purchase as limited edition prints with a signed certificate by the photographer. Prints can be shipped worldwide. To purchase click here:  https://art.tt/3c7b

 

Velikoretskoye pilgrims being sprinkled with holy water, Kirov region June 2009

Cooking for pilgrims, Velikoretskoye, June 2009

Velikorestskoye procession of the cross, day 3, Kirov region, June 2009

Holy Spring, near Diveevo, June 2010

Pilgrim praying before icons, open-air canteen, Diveevo, August 2008

Pskov Caves monastery, June 2010

Pilgrims queuing to venerate the relics of St Peter and Fevronia, Murom, August 2013

 Leaving Goroxovo, June 2010

Leaving Goroxovo, June 2010

 Procession in Honour of Our Lady of Kazan, July 2014

Procession in Honour of Our Lady of Kazan, July 2014

 Chorus and sunlight, Valaam, August 2015

Chorus and sunlight, Valaam, August 2015

 Pilgrims outside the Church on the Blood, Ekaterinburg, July 2008

Pilgrims outside the Church on the Blood, Ekaterinburg, July 2008

Crypt of St Elzabeth and Barbara, Alapaevsk, November 2009

 Pilgrims praying before a damaged fresco of the Mother of God, Kirov region, June 2010

Pilgrims praying before a damaged fresco of the Mother of God, Kirov region, June 2010

 Door with poophole, Solovetsky Monastery, August 2015

Door with poophole, Solovetsky Monastery, August 2015

 Pilgrims queuing  to venerate the relics of Sts Peter and Fevronia, Murom, July 2013

Pilgrims queuing  to venerate the relics of Sts Peter and Fevronia, Murom, July 2013

 Nun sewing gems on liturgical cloth, Ekaterinburg, November 2009

Nun sewing gems on liturgical cloth, Ekaterinburg, November 2009

Merkushino church complex, November 2009

 Preparing porridge for pilgrims, Goroxovo, June 2010

Preparing porridge for pilgrims, Goroxovo, June 2010

 Pilgrims pause to take precautions against the rain, Kirov region, June 2010

Pilgrims pause to take precautions against the rain, Kirov region, June 2010

 Fireworks over Murom, July 2013

Fireworks over Murom, July 2013

 Pilgrims climbing into a hayloft to rest, Goroxovo, June 2010

Pilgrims climbing into a hayloft to rest, Goroxovo, June 2010