Ekaterina ShelganovaRussia (1978)
The Ice Men series consists in some 20 portraits of ice fishermen who, when winter sets in, venture out onto the ice pack of the Gulf of Finland. Between 2014 and 2016, Ekaterina Shelganova met up with these men, amateurs for the most part, who engage in this solitary activity, sometimes risking their lives. Echoing the fishermen’s endless patience, the artist decided to produce this series in black and white with a view camera that requires long exposure times. The portraits are displayed on the quays between the ports of La Tour-de-Peilz and Vevey, where contemplative characters are often seen enjoying a bout of improvised fishing.
Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey