Focussing on dark winters in Russia

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Crane Kalman Brighton is pleased to host the second major showing of Polyarnye Nochi (Polar Nights) – a stunning body of work from the critically acclaimed British photographer, Simon Roberts – which was first shown at the Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery in 2010.

Polyarnye Nochi will be exhibited in Brighton Dome’s Founder Room until February 9. Entry is free.

The work featured in Polyarnye Nochi extends from Roberts’ highly successful and widely exhibited project, Motherland.

Roberts’ photographic exploration of contemporary Russian society received much critical acclaim following the publishing of a monograph in 2007 and major solo shows at The Photographer’s Gallery, Pushkin House and Photofusion in London, as well as exhibitions in Brighton, Belfast, Lodz (Poland), New York and Shanghai.

Polyarnye Nochi focuses on winter in northern Russia, finding a region shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day, a phenomenon known as Polyarnye Nochi (Polar Nights).

Throughout December until mid-January, the sun remains below the horizon and there is only a faint glow of light visible around midday.

One third of Russia’s population live and work in these inhospitable climatic conditions. It is perhaps miraculous that factories, apartment blocks, towns and entire cities have been constructed in what should be a deserted, Arctic wasteland.