ABOUT ME


I was born in a mining city in Northern Siberia where my family lived 
for 20 years.
In 1991, at the age of 7 months my parents and seven older siblings migrated to
Germany where I grew up. I have always tried to understand our origins as a family
both as a German and a Russian citizen. In January 2018 I have been visiting our
old home Norilsk in Russia for the very first time since we had left in 1991
I have at times struggled to understand why the eldest members of my family who
grew up in that far off land were so different than I.


After my father passed away when I was nine, I was left with questions around my
parents’ and family’s legacy. My artistic endeavors have been primarily biographical
in which I combine the two cultures that have constituted my upbringing. By re-creating
past memories through photography and video, I sometimes idealize a place, letting
a nation shape what family means for me. Visual images combined with text in a
book or an installation, guide the viewer through a story on an intimate level
to both explore the complexity of my own family history and the larger impact of multiculturalism.


Over the years I developed an interest in visual storytelling and book design.
I am currently located in Berkeley, California.

VITA


2016 – 2018 Master of Fine Arts at The San Francisco Art Institute
2015 – 2016 studies of Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
2015 Eddie Adams Workshop, Jeffersonville, New York
2015 Bitume Photofest Art Residency, Gallipoli, IT
2015 ISSP – International Summer School of Photography in Latvia
2009 – 2015 Diploma // Studies of Graphic Design and Photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, GER
2011 – 12 Visual Communication at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, U.S.


Since 2012 working as a Photographer and Graphic and Book Designer

GROUP SHOWS


San Francisco, US – SFAI MFA Graduate Show “Before You”, (May 2018)
San Francisco, US – SFO & Photo Alliance, “Home Show”, (May 2018 – August 2018)
San Francisco, US – “Six Sisters, Summer 2017”, Diego Rivera Gallery, (September 2017)
Emden, GER – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS”, (Kunsthalle Emden May 2017- November 2017)
San Francisco, US – “Fully Automatic Notebook Exercise Machine” Performance, White Box, SFMOMA (May 2017)
San Francisco, US – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS”, Annual Artist Book Contest, Walter Mc Bean Gallery (April 2017)
San Francisco, US – “Six Sisters – Chapter I”, Still Light Gallery, April 2017
Modena, IT – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS”, European Photography Award 2016 (June/July 2016)
Darmstadt, GER – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS” at “Junges Gemüse”, Faculty of Design (November 2015)
Gallipoli, IT – “Italian Family” Bitume Photofest (September 2015)
San Francisco, US – 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents 2015 (August / September 2015)
Pelči, Kuldīga, LVA – Final Exhibition of ISSP (August 2015)
Kuala Lumpur, MYS – International Photoawards (August 2015)
Wiesbaden, GER – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS” at Days of Photography in Wiesbaden (June/ July 2015)
Darmstadt, GER – “BROTHERS AND SISTERS” at I like my Diploma (February 2015)
Darmstadt, GER – Innerworld // Innenwelten (October 2014)
Darmstadt, GER – Days of Photography in Darmstadt // Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie (April 2014)
Frankfurt, GER – Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt // Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (June/July 2013)
Columbus, Ohio, US – Mapping, Art Department of the Ohio State University (December 2011)
Darmstadt, GER – Relationship // Beziehungskiste (January 2010)

AWARDS / GRANTS


2018 Headlands Graduate Fellowship, Finalist
2018 John Collier Award
2018 Paul Sack Building Award, 1st Place Color
2018 Photo Alliance Award for Service to the Community
2018 Clyde & Community Art Awards
2018 Anne Bremer Memorial Library, 35th Artists’ Book Contest Prize
2017 DAAD Scholarship
2016 European Photography Award
2016 Fulbright Scholarship, US
2016 SFAI Fulbright Fellowship
2015 One of 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents
2015 Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, organized by World Press Photo
2013 Under the top ten at the Competiton of young Designers, Frankfurt Book Fair