Not far from Surgut (Khanty Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO), Russia) in Russkinskaya village, lives Antonina Tevlina, her mother and father still live an indigenous way of life.

Nomadize and grazing reindeers in their ancestral territory of about 600 hectares, they faced a new problem, oil producers came to their land again.

Oil spills, pollution of water and lakes, destruction of the ecosystem, all this leads to a reduction of the number of the reindeers.

"Yagel is like a bread for a deer, if something happens it took around 30 years to restore" - says Antonina Tevlina.

In addition to pollution associated with oil production, the companies mount a checkpoints on all roads leading to the oil wells, now only close relatives on the lists can get to the territory of the ancestral lands.

In order to visit Svetlana Stanislavovna Tevlina, you have to to walk three kilometers through the swamps, bypassing the checkpoints, about an hour by car on internal roads that not marked on maps and around 10 killometers afoot along marshes and swamps.

In Russia, one of the serious ecology problem is the pollution of the environment by oil and oil products.

About 50% of oil in Russia is produced in Khanty Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO), licensed areas often coincide with the places of residence of Indigenous Peoples.

Local oil workers joke about KhMAO, that this is one large licensed area for oil production.

At least there is 10 oil spills in Russia occur daily and more than 10000 leaks yearly. 

According to official data of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, as a result of accidents and transportation of oil, about 1.5 million tons of oil are poured out annually to the environment in Russian, this figure is approximately twice the volume of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The main reason for the oil spillage in Russia is rusty oil pipelines with expired lifetime.



The series was shot in 2018 on a 35mm b/w film. 

Before develop film been soaked for 4-12 hours in oil-containing liquid which was taken from oil spills. 

Oil destroys the gelatinous “flesh” of the film deformed with the holes exactly as harmed environment under the oil spillage.