Tatiana Zhigaltsova – a researcher and an amateur photographer. She was born and grew up in a small forest village in the Arkhangelsk Region. She has classical education in History and defended her PhD theses in 2012 in Tula. She worked at the Northern Arctic Federal University (Associate Professor, 2007-2017, 2020-until now) and at the N. Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research, Russian Academy of Sciences (Senior Research Officer, 2018-2019). Since 2014, T. Zhigaltsova she has been developing her research project “The Emotional Geography of the Northern Cities and Settlemens”, that studies the city as the subject at the junction of art and science. In her work, Tatiana uses such methods as surveys, interviewing, analysis of drawings, and mapping. Tatiana Zhigaltsova is the author of more than 40 scientific publications and a participants of international events.
Sergey Zhigaltsov – video artist, musician, and performer. He was born and lives in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He started shooting films in 1991. S. Zhigaltsov projected his first video performance in 2014 on the cinema theatre “Mir” in Arkhangelsk. His video art and video mapping have received recognition in Arkhangelsk, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Rome, New York, and Paris. One of his most recent creative projects is “The SoundsWeaver”, in which folk patterns preserved to the present day are processed with special software and converted into sound. Another project, The ArtArctic Project offers a fresh look at the Arctic not as an endless and barren land, but as habitable territories where the rocks and ice come to life and live a life of their own. The focus of musical creation of Sergey Zhigaltsov is experimental noise music (The ZHA project).
Anna Kondakova – a translator (Russian-English, English-Russian). She was born and lives in Arkhangelsk, Russia. In 2008-2014, was the deputy manager of a non-for-profit organization “Charity Fund of Aid to Heart and Lung Patients”, and an executive in a number of patient support projects, including Effective Health communication (trainer of trainers). Now works as a specialist on student academic mobility in the Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, Russia).
Kenneth Mikko – photographer and editor. He was born in Kiruna, the northernmost town of Sweden and now lives in the border town of Haparanda. K. Mikko is International Master of Arts in Photojournalism from the Mid University in Sundsvall. Kenneth works as a freelancer in the culture field, producing projects like photo books and exhibitions. He was editor of culture journal “N66” 1997-2002 and of the website “barentsculture.com” 2012-2017. His own books: The Komi Republic by motorcycle (2004), Moments in Arkhangelsk and Nenets (2007), Sauna – Bastu (2015). K. Mikko has participated in numerous group exhibitions and also created solo exhibitions “RusFoto” (2010) and “The Valley” (2017).
Elena Kess – a tour guide and travel author based in Helsinki with a background in cultural anthropology, intercultural teaching and edutainment MICE projects.
She graduated from the Herzen State Pedagogical University with a degree in Ethnic and Cultural Studies (Scandinavian Studies), and studied Intercultural Teacher Education at the Jönköping University, Sweden. Before moving to Helsinki 6 years ago, Elena had been working as a professional tour guide in such museums of St. Petersburg as the Hermitage, the Yusupov Palace, in Peterhof. Elena has been also curating edutainment projects for locals and expats: Let’s Guide and Share Your Helsinki.