Photo by Olga Boyko

"After some time I came to the conclusion, the things around us, which we find in every day life can be as beautiful and exciting as foreign countries and unknown cultures. I try to consider the image separately and to find my own view.

People are characterized by the landscape, they live in. Just as every landscape is modified by their inhabitants. In my work I'm looking for this mutual influence and change.

The landscape, including the city landscape, continues to provide new astonishments. I like to observe and to be inspired by what I find in the simple beauty of daily things."

 

"Der zentrale Aspekt in Smirnovas Arbeit ist die Isolierung der fotografierten Szene oder des fotografierten Gegenstandes. Sie enthebt ihre scheinbar beiläufigen Motive des räumlichen und zeitlichen Bezugs und befreit sie vom Kontext, in dem sie ursprünglich standen. Sie verleiht den Motiven so gleichsam Allgemeingültigkeit. Smirnova nennt ihr Bilder daher einfach Bank, Boat, Blue Shoes, Grill oder auch Red and Blue. Die Befreiung vom Wissen um Ort und Zeit ermoglicht das umso deutlichere Hervortreten des Gegenstandes an sich. Schönes und Besonderes wird plötzlich im vermeintlich Gewöhnlichen und Nebensächlichen sichtbar. Ihr fotografischer Blick tastet auf diese Weise auch nach Zeichen der Zeit und Spuren von Globalisierung und Entwicklung." (Text von Silke Lauenstein und Sibylle Herfurth-Schwenke)

 

1981       born in Jaroslavl, Russia
1997       moves to Germany

2003-2007    study at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Photo Dep., Diploma
2005-2006    residence in Kolkata, India
2010-2012    residence in Paris, France
2009-2015    study at Munich Academy of Fine Arts, by Jean-Marc Bustamante, Diploma
2012-2015    lives and works in Munich, Germany


COLLECTIONS

2014       Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K∗MoPA), Japan
2013       Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, New York
2013       Bavarian State Picture Collection (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung), Munich


AWARDS

2014       7th Annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in Fine Art
2013       Munich Award 2013 in photography (Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt München)
2013       6th Annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in Fine Art
2012       Lacoste Elysee Prize, Lausanne, Switzerland, nomination, grant
2012       5th Annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in Fine Art
2012       LfA Calender Prize, Munich, Germany
2010       KATAPULT Award, Frankfurt, Germany, nomination (top ten)
2010       GetPublished Award, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, nomination (top ten)
2009       Dummy Award, nomination, 2. Photobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
2008       Canon-Profifoto Award, nomination
2008       Varta Digital Photo Award, nomination (top nine)


SOLO SHOWS

2016       THE PLACE IS NOT IMPORTANT, 84 GHz, Munich
2014       THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE, BüKÜ, F-STOP Leipzig
2012       PARIS PHOTO, gallery SAGE, Paris, France
2012       NUIT DES IMAGES, Musée d'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2011       A TALE OF THREE CITIES; gallery SAGE Paris, France
2008       TUMBANI, Teehaus Tschajkowsky, Berlin, Germany
2007       TRAIN STATIONS, Goethe Institut, Calcutta (Kolkata), India


GROUP SHOWS

2017       ARTMUC, Praterinsel, Munich, 19.11 - 22.11
2017       FINIR EN BEAUTÉ, Galerie der Künstler, Maximilianstr. 42, Munich,
          31.05-23.06, opening 30.05 at 19:00
2017       ARTMUC, Praterinsel, Munich, 25.05 - 28.05
2017       Kunstmuseum Humboldschloss, Hettstedt
2016       Artist-Atelier Weissenhaus, Germany (duo)
2016       Keep Your Eyes Peeled, AFF Galerie, Berlin
2016       THE PLACE IS NOT IMPORTANT, Seidlvilla, Munich
2015       AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMBURG, Galerie Nimmesgern Starnberg
2015       UNSEEN photo fair, Amsterdam, Galerie SAGE
2015       HONEY AND JOY, Galerie Artsquare, Munich, Germany
2015       Goethe Intstitute Munich (trio), Germany
2015       YOUNG PORTFOLIO ACQUISITIONS 2014, K∗MoPA, Japan
2015       ORTSWECHSEL, Kunstverein Freising, Altes Gefaengnis, Germany
2014       URBAN PLACES, Galerie Aspekt, Neustadt, (trio), Germany
2014       ÜBERBLENDUNG, AFF Galerie, Berlin, (trio), Germany
2014       DOES SIZE MATTER?, Gallery Sage, Paris
2013       PARIS PHOTO, gallery SAGE, France
2013       ARTIST COMES FIRST, Festival international d′art de Toulouse, France
2013       Munich Awards 2013, Lothringer 13, Munich
2012       UNDERWORLD, Galerie 5,6, Munich, Germany
2012       PLACES WE LIVE, Gasteig, Jula Festival
2011       CATCHED, EarlyBirds, Munich, Germany (trio)
2011       PLACE IS NOT IMPORTANT, Galerie ASPEKT, Neustadt, Germany (duo)
2011       NEIGE, gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
2011       KATAPULT Days, winner exhibition, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2010       Collection hiemale, gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
2010       PHOTO+ART BOOK, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
2010       VI WARSAW FESTIVAL OF ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Warsaw, Poland
2009       HEIMAT AUF ZEIT, Galerie für christliche Kunst, Munich, Germany
2009       2. Kasseler Photobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
2009       TUMBANI, groundfloor "Bayern Invest", Munich, Germany
2008       FOTOGRAFIKA, Museum Literaturnoje Pridneprovje, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
2007       FOTOFINISH, Munich University, Munich, Germany
2007       I imagined it in a different way, Seidlvilla, Munich, Germany
2006       ON THE MOVE, SARAI, Space for contemporary media, Delhi, India (duo)
2006       THE OWN VIEW, Technikzentrum FH Muenchen, Munich, Germany
2005       I like when the light goes on, Giesinger Bahnhof, Munich, Germany
2005       54 CHARACTERS, Preview Festival, Moscow, Russia
2005       3rd CURRENT PHOTO Festival, Moscow, Russia
2005       2nd CURRENT PHOTO Festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2004       1st CURRENT PHOTO Festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

 

 



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