Andrea Santolaya

Photographer
   
Russkaya Amerika
Location: Madrid
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Andrea Santolaya (Madrid, 1982) has developed a personal and honest photographic language to portray the life of small communities where timelessness as a social bond stands out. Whether with the Mikhailovsky Ballet of Saint Petersburg, in... read on

VIGILS OF FAITH


In 1666 the Old Believers split from the Orthodox Church under patriarc Nikon and fled to far East Siberia and later other countries around the globe. From Manchuria to Brazil and later to Oregon in the USA.

“Christ has risen!” “Indeed he has risen”. The Easter acclamation keeps echoing throughout the midnight and continues till dawn on May 1st. Pascha, Russian Easter, is one of the most important days in the Russian Orthodox Church. Where Pascha represents a space for tradition and reminiscence, it is a ceremony to testify phenomena of something as tangible as faith.

In June 1968 five Russian families, brought up in different countries around the globe, migrated again and founded a little isolated village in Alaska. They acquired the American citizenship with the help of the Tolstoy Foundation. Also known as Old Believers, the Martushev, and Kalugin settled and built their first cabins. Followed by the Fefelov, the Yakunin and the Barasgin. They started a journey that continues today with new generations. A spiritual force that has led them on a journey for over three hundred years in order to maintain their true beliefs.

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