Chukchi Boarding School

Shortlist 2017

Andrey Shapran

Shapran Andrey is a professional photographer, a member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia since 2002.

Born and raised in Riga (Latvia). Since 1992, he has been living and working in Siberia, in the Far North and the Far East. Works on his own documentary projects.

Participant and prize-winner of a host of regional, Russian and international photo contests, festivals and exhibitions held in Russia and abroad.

The Conflict
2017

Chukchi Boarding School

The history of boarding schools in the Far North is more than a decade. During the Soviet era, the children of reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters of Chukotka were placed in boarding schools, where children are isolated from the environment and in the absence of communication with relatives and friends, were forced to learn. The structure of Northern society that has existed for millennia have changed, and people - Chukchi, Eskimos, Evenki, too, has changed. The local people forgot their language, traditions, culture disappeared. This is a common occurrence on the territory of Chukotka. The second point is that Northern residents received education. But a small percentage of young people are now returning to their villages due to lack of work.