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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Evgeny Berezner

Executive Director
PhotoVisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia
Evgeny Berezner is a curator of exhibition projects in the field of photography in Russia and abroad. Since 2011 he is the Executive Director of the International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa in the Krasnodar Region, Russia.

From 1997 to 2003 Mr. Berezner was Deputy General Director in charge of photography projects and collections of the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation; since 2008 he has been Deputy General Director of ROSIZO. From 2003 to 2007 he was Deputy Director in charge of photography and multimedia projects of the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. From 201 to 2015, he was Director of the In Support of Photography in Russia Project of the IRIS Foundation (Moscow).

Mr. Berezner has been a member of Oracle, International Association of Photography Curators, since 2002. Scientific editor of the Russian section of the encyclopedia "The History of European Photography of the 20th Century", Vol. 1. 1900—1939 and Vol. 2. 1940—1969. From 1995 to 2011, he was a Russian co-editor of IMAGO international photography magazine (Bratislava, Slovakia). From 2000—2004 he was member of jury of the International Competition for Best Photography Publications in Central and Eastern Europe held in Bratislava, Slovakia; from 2006—2014 he was chairman of jury of this competition. He has given lectures in Russia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, UK, and USA. Since 2002, he has been a reviewer at FotoFest's Meeting Place portfolio review (Houston, USA); he has also been a reviewer at international portfolio reviews in Berlin, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris. He curated over 250 exhibitions of contemporary and classic Russian and foreign photography, including: 150 Years of Photography (Moscow, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, 1989); Art of Contemporary Photography; Russia, Ukraine,. Belarus (Moscow, Central House of Artist, 1994); Neue FotoKunst aus Russland [New Photographic Art from Russia] (jointly with Manfred Schmalriede; Germany, 1994—1995); Aufbruch: Die Neue Russische Fotografie [A Breakthrough: New Russian Photography] (jointly with Tina Schelhorn; Germany, 1998); Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US (jointly with Leah Bendavid-Val; USA — Russia, 1999—2001); Russian Pictorial Photography, 1890—1990 (jointly with Irina Chmyreva, Wendy Watriss, USA — Slovakia — Russia, 2002—2003); Photographic History: 1840—1950, From the Collection of the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (jointly with Irina Chmyreva, Natalia Tarasova; Russia — Slovakia — the Netherlands; 2006—2013). Mr. Berezner has organized 30 exhibitions of contemporary and classic Russian photography within a framework of the Month of Photography International Festival (Bratislava, Slovakia, 1996—2014). In 2011, he headed the Russian side of the curatorial group (Irina Chmyreva, Natalia Tarasova, Wendy Watriss, and Frederick Baldwin) which organized and carried out the First International Portfolio Review in Moscow for Russian Photographers (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art). He was among the curators of the main exhibition program of the FotoFest 2012 Biennial Contemporary Russian Photography in Houston, USA (186 authors, 1,095 artworks; jointly with Irina Chmyreva, Natalia Tarasova, Wendy Watriss, and Frederick Baldwin).

Mr. Berezner has an open eye for all kinds of photography, the most interesting for him is to see the personal view of artist, his/her discover of new ranges and directions. Also he appreciates to see conceptual projects and the works connected with the history of arts.

Mr. Berezner is looking for work that might be exhibited in PhotoVisa festival and to include the artist into his multi-levels sphere of curatorial activity.

Irina Chmyreva, PhD.

Art Director
PhotoVisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia
Irina Chmyreva is co-founder and art-director of PhotoVisa, the main and largest international festival of photography in Russia out of Moscow. The annual festival has the exhibition program, portfolio review, multimedia projections, lectures, workshops and presentation of the results of contest, which has the international jury. Every year the festival announces the main theme in spring and open the contest. The events of the festival take place in October in the cities of Krasnodar region near Black sea.

Mrs. Chmyreva is also a writer, curator of exhibitions and researcher. For last eight years she is senior researcher in Russian Academy of Arts, National Institute of Theory and History of Art, Moscow, Russia. From 2011 till 2015 she had a position of senior curator of the Project In Support for Photography in Russia running by IRIS Foundation. Since 2007 she writes a monthly published column in FOTO&video magazine, the only professional paper edition in her country. In 2012 she was one of the international team of curators of the main program Contemporary Russian Photography at Biennial FotoFest in Houston, USA. She is a member of international editorial board of «European Photography» magazine. In 2014 she was a jury member of Hasselblad Award. As a photoeditor she was involved into several book projects and published a lot of portfolios in different off-line and on-line resources. She curated more then hundred exhibitions over the world and lectured in many festivals and University degree programs.

She is mostly interested to review the portfolios open the boudaries of photography for multi-media, mixed media experiments; she appreciate to see conceptional projects and the works connected with the history of arts.

Mrs. Chmyreva is looking for work that might be exhibited in PhotoVisa festival and published in resources which she connected with. Because she has a long time experience in curating exhibitions and making books as an editor she can offer an advice how to edit and present the results of the work at the exhibitions and publications.


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