It was February 2018 when, at the height of one of the coldest winters in recent decades, Sasha R. Gregor boarded the “Rossiya” train. He started the longest and most legendary railway route in the history of transport: the Trans-Siberian. A colossal journey awaited him, a feat of engineering and a witness to history, connecting old Europe with the waters of the Pacific by slowly crossing the beauty of the Urals, the silence of the taiga and the immensity of the steppes.

Between the minimalism of the snowy landscapes and the brutalism of the industrial cities of the former USSR, the Trans-Siberian refers us to the ancestral struggle between the intelligence of the human being and nature’s power. Since the invention of the steam engine in the Industrial Revolution, the tension between man and the natural world has always favoured the former. But technological evolution has long shown its pernicious side and we are now facing a new phenomenon: the paradox of progress.

ThermoSibirsk is a series that analyzes -through thermal photography- the correlations between energy and knowledge, as well as technological progress and its undeniable links with survival and destruction in a context of global environmental impact. The project has been carried out in Siberia, one of the regions of the planet most affected by climate change. Equipped with a thermographic camera, Gregor focuses on the visually intangible energies that unfold from the icy Siberian daily life
—where any manifestation of life symbolizes an act of achievement— to the new expressions of global warming. If the steam engine converted heat into movement, here the thermographic camera transforms the temperature into an image, acting at once as interpreter and record, both of human action and the mark it leaves on the territory. 

Kremlin, Moscow

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-17.8  –  -2.1 ºC]  Ambient temperature -14.8 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Stalin statue, Moscow

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-12.2  –  -23.4 ºC] Ambient temperature -11.7 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Lenin mausoleum, Moscow

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [16.4 – -16.7 ºC] Ambient temperature -13.4 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Vladimir the Great, Moscow

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [9.4  –  -40.0 ºC] Ambient temperature -32.9 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Vladimir the Great, Moscow

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [1.0  –  22.7 ºC] Ambient temperature 11.2 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Moscow to Kazan

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [17.1  –  10.6 ºC] Ambient temperature 12.8 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Kazan

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [28.9  –  10.5 ºC] Ambient temperature -22.4 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Kazan to Yekaterinburg

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-0.2  –  33.9 ºC] Ambient temperature -12.4 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Yekaterinburg

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-4.7  –  40.0 ºC] Ambient temperature -8.7 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Yekaterinburg

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [17.4  –  -19.9 ºC] Ambient temperature -12.6 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Novosibirsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [26.9  –  17.7 ºC] Ambient temperature 23.6 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Novosibirsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-13.3  –  -20.7 ºC] Ambient temperature -14.8 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Novosibirsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [5.9  –  22.1 ºC] Ambient temperature 10.4 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Irkútsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [-9.5  –  40.0 ºC] Ambient temperature -16.2 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Khuzhir, Baikal lake

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [14.6  –  -29.6 ºC] Ambient temperature 8.4 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Ulán-Udé

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [42.7  –  -36.2 ºC] Ambient temperature 35.6 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Chitá to Khabaróvsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [15.4  –  2.9 ºC] Ambient temperature 5.5 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Khabaróvsk

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [8.3  –  -38 ºC] Ambient temperature -5.7 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Vladivostok

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [21.6  –  -40.0 ºC] Ambient temperature 9.2 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Vladivostok

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [22.4  –  32.7 ºC] Ambient temperature -3.1 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5

Vladivostok

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Thermography

Thermal gradient [11.7  –  -3.0 ºC] Ambient temperature -5.6 ºC

Fine art giclée print with pigmented inks 

Dimensions 60x80cm / 90x120cm

Edition of 5