Dream Street, 2000
10 light boxes
31 x 45 x 8 cm
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
These photographs were taken outside Moscow in 1999.
There was a moment of calm and expectation in places where now they fight over every hundredth of a hectare and building work is in full swing.
I found myself in front of a street sign where some of the letters had fallen off.
Signs like this had appeared only recently. They differed from the previous enamelled metal nameplates that were made to last.
Now the names of streets were quickly applied using newfangled self-adhesive letters. Almost immediately these letters became part of the natural environment.
Sometimes they curled into tubes like autumn leaves and other times simply dropped off, disconsolately and with no hope of springtime.
The old street names were hard to make out, but some people could remember them.
Hence 'Ulitsa Sna' ('Dream Street') was once 'Ulitsa Lesnaya' ('Wood Street').
The new name seemed like an auspicious dream symbol, yet I wanted to record what was banal and familiar rather than something unusual in this strange space of possible dreams.
The surrounding landscapes characteristic of Middle Russia with its middling inhabitants also became strangely familiar. Places where humble dacha plots were surrounded by bedheads instead of fences.
Now this story seems like stepping into an already distant time when you could find close to Moscow self-perpetrating and self-sufficient phenomena related to beauty by the tranquillity of ingenuous minimalism.
1962 born in Moscow
1986 graduated from State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow
1996 graduated from Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam
Lives and works in Moscow and Amsterdam.
Selected personal exhibitions:
2008 Emergency Drawings (with Michael Alshibaya). Metis_NL Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 Isle of Sparks. Foxy Production Gallery, New York, USA
Involutions. Catherine Bastide Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2006 Panorama. Stella Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Sites. Biennale of Sydney 2006, Sydney, Australia
2005 Emerging Figures. White Space Gallery, London, England
2004 Zone of Happiness. Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Berlin, Germany
The Happiness Zone. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2003 Olga Chernysheva. Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
2001 Second Life. Russian Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2000 Light is Coming. XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia
DerDieDas Fremde. Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria
1998 Olga Chernysheva. Andrey Khlobystin. Christine König & Franziska Lettner Gallery, Vienna, Austria
1997 Single Works. Galerie Singel 74, Amsterdam, Netherland
1996 More of/than Chocolate (with Stephen Shanabrook). L–Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1995 Pro-Portions. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1993 Olga Chernysheva. Krings-Ernst Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Selected group exhibitions:
2008 Anonymous Episode 1 & March. 5th Annual San Diego Women Film Festival, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, USA
Still Here. Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Peripheral Vision and Collective Body. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Museion), Bolzano, Italy
2007 I Believe. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
On Duty. 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Progressive Nostalgia. Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
Moscopolis. Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
The Future Depends of You. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Time of the Storytellers. Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Don’t Worry–Be Curious! 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
Dialogues. Le Quartier, Quimper, France
2006 Caspar David Friedrich – die Erfindung der Romantik. Museum Folkwang, Essen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Spivaks Generation. Kewenig galerie, Cologne, Germany
Soleil Noir. Depression and Society. Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
2005 Invasion (Sites). 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
Arbeit. Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria; Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland
Katharina Prospekt. ModeMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
Russian Pop-Art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Russia! Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2004 Controlled Democracy. White Space Gallery, London, England
Mobile. Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Privatisierungen. Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Watch out! Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg. National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
5th International Month of Photography in Moscow “Photobiennale-2004”. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Moscow-Berlin/Berlin-Moscow 1950–2000, State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia
2003 Moscow-Berlin/Berlin-Moscow 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2001 Milano - Europе 2000. Palazzo dell'Arte, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
2000 Body Memory. State Museum of the History of Saint-Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
1997 Zonen der Verstörung. Steirische Herbst, Graz, Austria
1996 Mässig und gefrässig. Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna, Austria
1995 Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Russland 1957-1995. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Staatliches Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany
1994 2nd Cetinjski Bijenale. Cetine, Montenegro
1992 a Mosca... a Mosca... Villa Campoleto, Herculaneum; Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
1989 In de USSR en erbuiten. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands