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