Jill Diederich is a Luxembourgish student at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She is currently doing her master in Anthropology and did a semester abroad at NarfU. Her personal interest in ecology and art inspired her to do her ethnographic fieldwork for her thesis in Arkhangelsk about these topics.
During the Arctic Art Forum, I will present the research outcome of my ethnographic fieldwork in Arkhangelsk, Russia. This fieldwork will be about art in combination with ecology and will last from August until October 2016. My aim is to find out, what ecological purpose, message and impact the art has on the society and the townscape of Arkhangelsk. For this reason I will follow, accompany and interview individual artists and activists and take a look at how they create their art. What art form did they choose? What materials? What depictions? Is there an environmental message or social criticism? I will present the Street Art Project „Твой заряд“ („Your Charge“) and its purpose; I will also discuss the organization and the philosophy behind the „Taibola Festival“ and the future plans of the organizers; I will take a closer look at „ЖКХ-art” and similar practices of using household items and interview more artists and involved parties, who have specialized on these specific topics.