Meryachenie or Arctic hysteria is a series of common pathogenesis, but various forms of manifestation of psychopathological conditions provoked by being in the polar regions and characterized by deviations of behavior with twilight loss of consciousness, or an uncontrolled reaction to specific factors unique to the North, which leads a person to trance states related to the shamanistic trance and the berserk war trance. 

The Russian north is full of mysticism, and winter night is as dark as the human subconscious. No one knows what is hiding in that darkness and what can break out into the light. Therefore, many  people are afraid of the dark and do not dare to wander in it. I’m not timid.Beyond the Arctic Circle, sensations change, and the endless gray-white landscape is replaced with flashes of consciousness and anxiety. No one knows when the next attack will begin and when it will end, perhaps someone will remain in a changed consciousness forever.

Photography for me is as a catalyst leading to the “upper” and “lower” worlds, as well as a method to return back like markers inscribed on trees that allow to find way home.

Marina Shukurova (b. in 1989, Kazakhstan. Based in Moscow, Russia) is an artist currently living and working in Moscow, Russia. She studied photography at the Fotodepartament Institute and Docdocdoc School of contemporary photography (St. Petersburg, Russia). Currently she is enrolled in Master Degree Program at Institute of Art in Saratov State University (Saratov, Russia) where she will support her thesis in 2021.
She works as a commercial photographer for private clients and companies. The area of her interests in own projects lies in the field of studying the nature of photography including the ability to construct space as well as other shooting circumstances making a distinction between reality and what is real.

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