After Pastoral (Contrasto Books, 2013) and Less Than One (Tycoon Books, Japan, 2014), Norilsk is Gronsky’s latest photobook to date based on a photographic series from 2013.
Whereas Pastoral, although clearly located in the soviet suburbia, opens up to nature and people, Norilsk carries a much darker tone: Norilsk is a photographic account of a devastated siberian industrial landscape, a journey through sheer decay and hopelessness, which simply leads nowhere.
Norilsk is a open wound created from the mud of the gulag and whose only objective is the extraction of minerals, achieved in a highly hostile environment and with huge side-effects such as pollution and decaying housing, a semi-abandoned landscape without a nature to reclaim it.
Only mud, concrete, and ice.
The photobook is available in our shop in Berlin and here.