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Whisper of the Stars Exhibition

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Traditional Life in Arctic Siberia

While actions speak louder than words, pictures are as quiet as a whisper. Whisper of the Stars is a photographic exhibition by Bryan Alexander, who is showcasing forty stunning images of life in Siberia.

The title comes from a strange phenomenon encountered in the Sakha Republic. Here, temperatures can drop below minus fifty Celsius. At this temperature, your own breath turns into ice crystals, and it creates a soft whooshing sound that the people call 'whispers of the stars'.

Explore the lives of the people who live in the Russian arctic, including the indigenous Chukchi, Dolgan, Even, Khanty, Komi, Nenets, and Nganasan people.

You will get to see how they dress, build their homes, hunt, and fish. Some of the pictures include the Northern Lights and a herd of a thousand reindeer being driven across the tundra.

Bryan Alexander's interest in documenting life i arctic conditions started back in 1971, when he travelled to North West Greenland to live with Inuit community for four months. In his last forty-three years, he has lived ten of them in isolated native camps around the Arctic.

Th exhibition is on display at the Horniman Museum until the 7th September, and entry is free.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 7th Sept
Phone: 020 8699 1872
Where: Horniman Museum
Cost: Free
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