Photography and Video

Visual impressions from the tundra and the sea – Chukotka

Jaroslava Panáková 


Produced in collaboration with children – Anna Yatylina, Vadim Tukkai, and Maksim Konko – who contributed to the original soundtrack. Yanrakynnot tundra, 2010.

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Sea hunters from New Chaplino near Inakhpak. Recorded  with a GoPro camera attached to a helmet of one of the hunters, 2014. (without sound)

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The sub-discipline Visual Anthropology has played an important role in the development of my professional expertise. Besides the studies of visual perception and representations, use of visual methods in the data collection and analysis, teaching and public projects (My other family, Yupik Eskimo Symposium), I have produced my own ethnographic films, videos, and photographs. It began with my studies of documentary film-making at the prestigious Film Institute (FAMU) in Prague. At that time, I made two ethnographic films, which resulted from – and had feedback upon –- my anthropological research. These films explore the experiences of Siberian migrants with urban life (Seagull Flying against the Wind, 2005, 15’) and the transformation of a Chukchi-Yup'ik hamlet into a tourist resort (Being a Tourist at Home, 2009, 38’). I also experimented with various genres, which resulted in an auto-ethnographic diary (faux pas . Fopíčko, 2008, 30’) and an anthropological observational musical (Immigration office Prague ‘07, 2007, 25’). Recently, I made another ethnographic film based on my research on death in Russian Beringia (Five Lives, 2016, 65’). I was also engaged with curating an exhibition on the same topic, Different Colours of White – Eskimo is not dead (2013), which, besides incorporating the work of five artists, also included my double-screen video projection (WHALE dance and Whale DANCE, 3’).

The video impressions on this web site reflect my (visual) brainstorming on the local perception(s) of the tundra and the sea.
Jaroslava Panáková