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Biography and CV

b. 1982, Moscow, Russia. Living and working in London.

Representation: Denny Gallery, New York

Although at heart dealing with photography and photographic objects, my diverse practice strays far from what most people would consider the typical output of the medium. In the words of Loring Knoblauch, it instead operates at the “tipping point, beyond which our frame of reference is forced to change”.

My recent work is best understood as looking at how photography can give rise to form that subsequently becomes autonomous, and at what happens when prints, instead of being content-bearing surfaces, start serving as mere substrates for further activity and gestural expression, thus being overwhelmed into imagelessness. This is also a reminder of photography’s concrete materiality: an imageless surface is what a photographic print gradually returns to as it degrades over time.

In the photosculptures, a vestigial, nearly archeological interest in architecture and modernism remains, whereas in the overpainted prints, the focus shifts toward more gestural concerns.

I have exhibited internationally, including at such institutions as Whitechapel Gallery (London) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In 2014, I qualified under the Exceptional Talent program for non-EU artists working in the UK.


MA Fine Art (Distinction) & PG Diploma in Fine Art
Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2012-13
Tutors: Brian Chalkley, Adam Chodzko,
Alexandre da Cunha, Gareth Jones

Graduate Certificate in Digital Lens Based Image Making
London College of Communication, 2007

M.Phil. in Modern Society and Global Transformations
University of Cambridge, 2005

BA (Hons) in Economics and Sociology (First class)
University of York, 2004

Attended secondary school in Moscow and Boston, MA

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Denny Gallery, Booth B6
Miami Beach
November 29 – December 4, 2016
Preview on Artsy

Women's Independence, curated by Magda Danysz
ASIA NOW art fair, Paris
October 19–23, 2016

PERFECTIoNISM (Part III): The Alchemy of Making
Griffin Gallery, London
October 4–November 18, 2016

Women's Independence, curated by Magda Danysz
chi K11 Museum, Shanghai
September 9–October 9, 2016,

Emerged – Part II
Joanna Bryant & Julian Page, London
July 5–10, 2016

Emerged – Part I
Joanna Bryant & Julian Page, London
June 28–July 2, 2016

Solo exhibition
Denny Gallery, New York
November 19—Dec 23, 2015

Business As Usual
North Contemporary festival
Pyramid art center, Warrington, UK
October 2—31, 2015

Collector's Eye
Curated by Olga Vashchilina
Cosmoscow Art Fair, Moscow
September 11–13, 2015

Off White
Exhibition/Charity Auction, co-organized by Christie's
Cosmoscow Art Fair, Moscow
September 11–13, 2015

START Art Fair
(Booth 3.2 / Denny Gallery)
Saatchi Gallery, London
Sep 9—13, 2015

Business As Usual
Turf Projects, Croydon, London
Jul 9—30, 2015

Business As Usual
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds
Apr 2—12, 2015

Plat(t)form 2015
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Jan 23—25, 2015

Photo50: Against Nature
curated by Sheyi Bankale
London Art Fair
Jan 20—25, 2015

Share This! Appropriation after cynicism
Denny Gallery, New York
December 14, 2014—January 25, 2015
Download Ana essay
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Art Omi Weekend
Art Omi, Ghent, NY
July 12—13, 2014

Nikolai Ishchuk: Indeterminate Objects
Denny Gallery, New York
February 6—March 16, 2014
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with Denny Gallery, Booth B20
Miami Beach
December 2—8, 2013

Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics
Jerwood Space, London
November 6—December 8, 2013
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Unit 2, 44-48 Wharf Road, London
October 14—19, 2013

Chelsea Postgraduate Show 2013
(showing in MA Fine Art and MA Curating)
Chelsea College, London
September 7—12, 2013

Studio Series. Chapter 4. Nikolai Ishchuk
Curated by Louise Chignac
, London
July 18—20, 2013

Denny Gallery, New York
April 6—May 12, 2013
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Breathing Space
Camberwell Space, London
Mar 18—22, 2013
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Portfolio Russie / Portfolio Rusland projection
Recyclart, Brussels
Jan 29, 2013

AMPS Photofusion Salon 2012
Photofusion, London
Dec 7, 2012 - Jan 18, 2013

BJP IPA 2012
Foto8 Gallery, London
Nov 14 - 24, 2012

The London Open 2012
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Jul - Sep 2012

British / Summer / Time
Diemar/Noble, London
Jun - Aug 2012

Foto8 Carousel Slide Slam
Blurb Pop-Up Store and HOST Gallery, London
Nov 2011

Workshop 20'11
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Jul 13 - Sep 1, 2011

Big Bangs, Big Bucks
Diemar/Noble, London
Jan 13 - Mar 12, 2011

II Moscow Int'l Bienniale for Young Art, Moscow
Jul-Aug 2010

RuArts Gallery, Moscow
Feb-Mar 2009

The Incredible Holga and Wonder Diana
Jam Jar, Dubai
May-Jun 2008

Stills 1 ½
KIC (Cultural Information Center), Zagreb
Jun-Jul 2007


Art Omi International Artists Residency
Ghent, NY


Flash Forward Award
Honorable Mention. The Magenta Foundation, Canada

First Book Award
Nominated for Non Sequitur

Top 100 UK
Best young photo artists from 10 years of Flash Forward
The Magenta Foundation, Canada

WW Solo Award

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

UAL Students' Union Student Initiative Fund grant
for Breathing Space exhibition

The Wellcome Trust windows commission
Changing Perception of Images, Longlisted

BJP International Photography Award
Single image Winner
British Journal of Photography

International Photography Awards
1st Place Fine Art - Other (Student/Non-Pro)
1st Place Special - Digitally Enhanced (Student/Non-Pro)

Flash Forward Award
Selected Winner. The Magenta Foundation, Canada

Celeste Prize 2012
Juror's selection in Sculpture (Eva González-Sancho)

Flash Forward Award
Honorable Mention. The Magenta Foundation, Canada

International Photography Awards
Honorable Mention (Pro)

Sergey Kuryokhin Award
Shortlist (Salt show nominated as Best Curated Project of 2010, curator nomination)
Sergey Kuryokhin Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia

International Photography Awards
5 x Honorable Mention (Pro)

Black & White Spider Awards

Emerging Photographer Fund Grant, Longlist

Burn Magazine and Magnum Foundation

Beck's Art Labels



START 2015: Emerging Artists, New Art Scenes
Edited by Serenella Ciclitira
Skira, Milan

Off White
Christie's, London

Flash Forward 2015
The Magenta Foundation, Toronto

London Art Fair 2015 Catalogue
London Art Fair/Upper Street Events, London

Flash Forward Tenth
The Magenta Foundation, Toronto

Against Likeness, in Hierarchies (2013)
Exhibition publication, contributing author
Independently published, London
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2012 International Photography Awards Annual
IPA, Los Angeles

Flash Forward 2012
The Magenta Foundation, Toronto

The London Open
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Flash Forward 2011
The Magenta Foundation, Toronto

RuArts Catalogue of Exhibitions 2010-11
RuArts Gallery, Moscow

Qui Vive? II Moscow Int'l Biennale for Young Art, 2010
Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, Moscow


University of the Arts London
Chelsea College Library Special Collection
Art Omi collection
Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum collection
Private collections in the UK, North America, and Russia


Visiting artist
Newman School, Boston, MA

Photography as object? Explaining hybrids of photographic art explored in Photo50
Panel discussion chaired by Martin Barnes (Senior curator of Photographs, V&A); with Sheyi Bankale, Nikolai Ishchuk, Darren Harvey-Regan, and Thorsten Brinkmann
London Art Fair
January 21, 2015

Visiting artist

BA Fine Art
British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow

Objects about pictures

Postgraduate theory seminar
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Big Bucks artist talk

Diemar/London, London

Holga workshop

Design Museum London


Interviewed for Tate Audio Arts
September 2015

Off White
Charity Auction, Christie's / Cosmoscow Art Fair, Moscow
September 10, 2015

Paddle8 Currency auction
July 15—24, 2014

Partnership with Artlyst Print Room, UK

Print commission for EyeBuyArt, Canada

Member of Photo-Eye's Art Photo Index, an invitation-only database of "significant art and documentary photographers from throughout the world"