ABOUT


Julia Smirnova’s artworks deal with holding on to memory, collecting the past, and the aspect of time as a physically observable phenomenon.

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
With the project “The beautiful world is next door”, Julia wants to create free space for new perspectives by constructing a subjective world from an existing reality. She analyzes the effect of colors and shapes on the overall impression. Julia observes the influence of time on the inner preference of the motif. The analog aspect of photography plays a central role in her series, as it slows down the work processes and affects the acceptance of realities.

OBJECTS MADE OF WIRE
In her wire series, Julia shows fossil-like objects presented either in a frame or in a glass tube. She reinterprets the traditionally feminine crocheting technique and combines it with materials such as copper and synthetic resin. In this way, Julia creates textile-like organic forms in an intuitive process, deals with the phenomenon of collecting, and asks questions about the meaning of things.

Julia Smirnova artist
@ Photo by Olga Boyko, 2020

1981 – born in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Nationality – German and Russian (dual citizenship).
Lives in Munich, Germany

2003 – 2007 Munich University of Applied Sciences, Photo-Design, Dipl.
2009 – 2015 Munich Academy of Fine Arts, classes of Gunter Forg and Jean-Marc Bustamante, Dipl.

Collections & Museums
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K’MoPA), JP
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, US
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE

Awards & Grants
2020 – nominated for Gabriele Stumpe Preis, DE
2020 – atelier grant of the Munich state capital, DE
2019 – VII. Ellwanger Art Prize, DE
2019 – nominated for BLOOM Award by Warsteiner, DE
2019 – 2nd place in the 13th Annual B&W Spider Awards, US
2019 – nominated in the 12th Annual Photography Masters Cup, US
2018 – nominated in the 11th Annual Photography Masters Cup, US
2017 – nominated for 24. Aichacher Art Prize, Aichach, DE
2014 – Young Portfolio Acquisitions, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, JP
2014 – nominated in the 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup, US
2013 – Sponsorship Award from the City of Munich, DE
2013 – nominated in the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup, US
2011 – nominated for Lacoste Elysee Prize, production grant, CH
2011 – LfA Calender Prize, DE
2011 – nominated in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup, US
2010 – nominated for Katapult Award, DE
2010 – nominated for GetPublished Award, Haus der Fotografie Deichtorhallen Hamburg, DE
2008 – nominated for Canon-Profifoto Award, DE
2007 – nominated for Varta Digital Photo Award, DE

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Exhibitions


2021
Gallery SAGE, Paris, FR
Miniartextil, Le Beffroi de Montrouge, Paris, FR
Collected Conditions, GEDOK, Munich, DE
Kunstverein Landshut, Rathaus Landshut, DE
Miniartextil, ARTE & ARTE Galerie, Como, IT
Hintergründe, Schloß Wertingen, DE


2020
Kunstverein Freising, Landratsamt Freising, DE
ArtMuc, Praterinsel, München, DE
Biennale Blau, Blaues Haus Diessen, DE
Blick Fang, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, DE
Kunst Aktuell, Kunstverein Rosenheim, DE
I might be staring at Infinity, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, AZ
PhotoZüruch, StageOne, Zürich, CH
Nur mit uns, Galerie der Künstler, BBK München, DE


2019
Objects of Desire, Halle50, München, DE
PhotoMuenchen, Praterinsel, München, DE
VII. Ellwanger Kunstausstellung, Schloß ob Ellwangen, DE
New kids on the block, Halle50, München, DE
Kunst Im Karree, München, DE
L‘appartement 58, München, DE
Dolce Vita, Halle50, München, DE


2018
ARTiges, Kunstverein Ottobrunn, DE
Spurensuche³, Blaues Haus, Dießen am Ammersee, DE


2017
Finir en beauté, Galerie der Künstler, München, DE
Kunstmuseum Humboldschloss, Hettstedt, DE


2016
Artist-Atelier Weissenhaus, DE
The place is not important, 84 GHz, München, DE
Keep Your Eyes Peeled, AFF Galerie, Berlin, DE
The place is not important, Seidlvilla, München, DE


2015
Affordable art fair Hamburg, Galerie Nimmesgern Starnberg, DE
UNSEEN photo fair, Amsterdam, NL
Honey and Joy, Galerie Artsquare, München, DE
Es gibt kein dort, Goethe Institut München, DE
Ortswechsel, Kunstverein Freising, Altes Gefaengnis, DE
Young portfolio acquisitions 2014, K’MoPA, JP


2014
Überblendung, Aff Galerie, Europäischer Monat der Fotografie, Berlin, DE
Does size matter?, Gallery Sage Paris, FR
There is no better place, BüKÜ, F-STOP, 6. Festival für Fotografie Leipzig, DE


2013
Paris Photo, FR
Förderpreise 2013, Lothringer13, München, DE
Artist comes first, Festival international d´art de Toulouse, FR


2012
Underworld, Galerie 5,6, Munich, Germany
Nuit des images, Elysee Museum, Lausanne, CH
Paris Photo, Galerie SAGE Paris
Places we live, Gasteig, Jula Festival, Munich, DE


2011
Catched, EarlyBird, Munich, DE
A tale of three cities, Galerie SAGE Paris, FR
Place is not important, Galerie ASPEKT, Neustadt, DE
Neige, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, FR
Katapult Days, Frankfurt/Main, DE


2010
Collection hiemale, gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris, FR
Photo+Art Book, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, DE
VI Warshaw Festival of Art Photography, Warsaw, PL


2009
Heimat auf Zeit, Galerie für christliche Kunst, Munich, DE
2. Kasseler Photobook Festival, Kassel, DE
Tumbani, groundfloor “Bayern Invest”, Munich, DE


2008
Tumbani, Teehaus Tschajkowsky, Berlin, DE
Fotografika, Museum Literaturnoje Pridneprovje, Dnepropetrovsk, UA


2007
Train Stations, Goethe Institut, Calcutta (Kolkata), IN
Fotofinish, Munich University, Munich, DE
I imagined it in a different way, Seidlvilla, Munich, DE


2006
On the move, SARAI, Space for contemporary media, Delhi, IN
The own view, Technikzentrum FH Muenchen, Munich, DE


2005
I like when the light goes on, Giesinger Bahnhof, Munich, DE
54 Characters, Preview Festival, Moscow, RU
3rd Current Photo Festival, Moscow, RU
2nd Current Photo Festival, Saint-Petersburg, RU


2004
1st Current Photo Festival, Saint-Petersburg, RU

Publications
2020 – Kunst Aktuell, Kunstverein Rosenheim, catalog
2019 – VII. Ellwanger Kunstausstellung 2019, catalog
2019 – Fotoforum Magazine 2/2019, “Julia Smirnova”
2019 – Kunst im Karree 2019, catalog
2019 – Münchener Merkur Nr 172, “Treffpunkt für Künstler, Musiker und Philosophen”
2019 – B&W Spider Awards winners book Vol. I
2018 – Fotoforum Magazine 1/2018, “Aufnahmen in der Stadt”
2018 – “Artiges 2018”, catalog
2018 – Ammersee Kurier Nr 82, “Spurensuche”
2018 – Ammersee Kurier Nr 83, “Spurensuche” in Dießen
2018 – Münchner Merkur 15.05,2018, In der Gesichtern Vorfreude und Angst
2018 – Sueddeutsche Zeitung Nr 108, 2018, Menschen im Wartezustand
2017 – ARTMUC catalog, Oct/2017
2017 – “Im Bilde” Magazin, “Finir en beauté”, 3/2017
2017 – ARTMUC catalog, Mai/2017
2015 – FINK Magazine, “Auf der Suche nach dem eigenen Ich”, 4/2015
2015 – Sueddeutsche Zeitung Nr 81, Landkreis Freising,“ Gewohntes neu sehen”
2015 – “Wochenende” Nr 89, Freising, 18.04.2015, “Die Kunstschau mit int.Flair”
2015 – Sueddeutsche Zeitung Nr 89, Landkreis Freising, “Junge Kunst”
2014 – KMOPA catalog, “Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2014”
2014 – Stadtanzeiger 30.10.2014, “Eindrucke der Großstadt”
2014 – Die Rheinpfalz Nr 253, Bilder der Großstadt”
2013 – UND Das Münchener Kunstjournal Nr 53, Förderungswürdig
2013 – “Förderpreise und Stipendien 2012/ 2013” Kulturreferat München
2012 – “Underworld”, catalog, Gallery 5,6 Munich
2012 – “Heimat auf Zeit”, catalog, gallery “Für christliche Kunst”, Munich
2011 – PAGE Magazine, Katapult-Finalistin Julia Smirnova
2011 – Visual Independence Magazine,”Odessa”
2009 – MitOst Magazine Nr 21, Cover + pages 24-25