Visions of Ecology 2022-2023 was a year-long series on art and the environment in Eastern Europe and Eurasia supported by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) program at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. The series was convened by Molly Brunson, Associate Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and History of Art, who also served as Faculty Director of REEES. The series was co-organized by Barbora Bartunkova, PhD Candidate in History of Art, and Elena Adasheva-Klein, PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology.
November 4, 2022
EVENT #1: WHEN THE EARTH CRACKED
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
“THE MYSTERY OF THE SIBERIAN EXPLOSION: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE TUNGUSKA EVENT”
ARTIST & RESEARCHER
“THE ECHOES OF COLLAPSING MOUNTAINS AND CRACKING EARTH. ON THE PROJECT ‘UNDER THE DOME’”
Andy Bruno is an environmental historian of Russia and the Soviet Union with an interest in many aspects of human interactions with the natural world. He works as an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University and is the author of The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Tunguska: A Siberian Mystery and Its Environmental Legacy (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
Anastasia Bogomolova is an artist and researcher working with performative practices. In their projects, Anastasia turns to imitation of everyday rituals and studies mimicry as a theme, method, and visual language. Anastasia’s work engages with the flexible nature of memory and oblivion and the depiction of traces. Anastasia is a winner of the Present Continuous 2021, a joint initiative of the V-A-C Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA); the Garage Museum’s Grant Program (2017, 2018); the Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow Art Prize for Young Artists (2016); and participant of artist-in-residence programs in Switzerland, Sweden, and Russia. Anastasia lives and works in the city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Russia. https://anastasiabogomolova.com/en