João Serra (1976)

Studied Philosophy at the Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon and Photography at Ar.Co. He was an Ar.Co scholarship student in 2005/2006. He was the winner of the BES and Anteciparte Revelation Awards in 2006. He works with Vera Cortês – art agency since 2007. His work is represented in various private collections. He lives and works in Lisbon and Saint Petersburg.


Solo exhibitions



- Sem título, Untitled, Vera Cortês – art agency, Lisboa 


Collective shows



- Gulbenkian creativity and artistic creation programme - photography course 2nd Edition, CAM, Calouste Gulbenkian Fundation, Lisbon.

- Testemunhos - trajectos de qualificação, Centro de congressos da Alfandega do Porto.



- "antimonumentos", AH gallery, Viseu.


- BES Revelation 2006, Casa de Serralves, Porto.
- Anteciparte 2006, Praça do Comércio, Lisboa.
- - Bazar - Exposição Venda de Angariação de Fundos, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa.


-, Almada, Portugal.
- na Bienal do Montijo - Prémio Vespeira, Montijo


- Lisboa
- Cena D´arte, Lisboa

- Bolseiro do, Bolsa BES

- BES revelação
- Anteciparte

Social Scientists

Alla Bolotova

Got MS degree in Environmental Studies from the St. Petersburg State University and MA in Sociology from the European University at St. Petersburg. Received support from the Young Scientists Program of Henrich Böll Foundation. She worked as a visiting researcher in the Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, and Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz, Austria. She works as researcher in the Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland and the Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg. She is a qualitative sociologist, interested in human-nature relation, history of Soviet industrialization, and visual sociology.


Florian Stammler

Social Anthropologist, specialises in Arctic Anthropology, particularly the Russian Far North. Interests lie in the human role in reindeer herding systems, arctic economy, nomadism, indigenous knowledge, resource extraction and native populations, industrial migration, centre-periphery relations.


Irina Alekseevna Razumova

Irina Alekseevna Razumova is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at Kola Branch of Petrozavodsk State University in Apatity (Russia). She also works as a Senior Researcher at the Barents Center for the Humanities, which is part of Kola Science Center in Apatity. Irina Alekseevna holds a doctorate in History. She worked in Karelian Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Petrozavodsk and in State Polar Academy in Saint-Petersburg. Irina Alekseevna is the author of more than 150 publications in ethnography, folklore studies, history of culture, social and cultural anthropology, including four monographs and four edited volumes.


Maria Nakshina

Maria Nakhshina is currently finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). She is also a part-time researcher at the Barents Center for the Humanities in Apatity (Russia). Maria has carried out fieldwork in the village of Kuzomen’ on the White Sea Coast in the north-west of Russia. Maria’s research interests range from studies of migration, post-soviet transition and perception of built environment to inquiry into theory of metaphor and scale.


History of project

This is an art project grew out of meeting between a photographer and a team of social scientists. Discussing intersections of life in the north and south, photography and life stories, industrial communities in Russia and Portugal, we realize that our work has a lot in common. We start to think about the possibility of visualize results and ideas of a social science research or to enrich the visual effect of photography with first-voice narratives and socio-anthropological analysis.

This project is connected to the ongoing research project in the field of social anthropology funded by the Academy of Finland and European Science Foundation during 2007-2010, Assessing senses of place, mobility and viability in industrial northern communities (MOVE-INNOCOM), project leader Dr. Florian Stammler.