Alena Zhandarova is the Russian based artist exploring the interaction between space and human in it. She investigate the border between habitual and unfamiliar, using the visual storytelling as a tool of implementation of my inner philosophy.

She is working basically through portraits, where the person or herself perform as a ground for sculptures, which she can mold and create something new, find the answers and set the new ones.

She goes this way to release internal forces and wellsprings, because she believe that the universe in us is infinitely wise and knows this world better than we.


2011-2012 Masters of Fine Art Photography, IED Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2011 International Summer School (Claudine Doury group)
«Use reality to create your personal fiction series»

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Cortona on the Move Photofestival, Cortona, Italy
2012 Aarhus Center for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark

Selected group exhibitions:

2018 Gallery 21 / Triennl of Photography, Hamburg, Germany
Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show, USA
2017 Photographing the Female, The Willow School, New Jersey, USA
Kolga Tbilisi PhotoFestival, Tbilisi, Georgia
Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Moscow, Russia
FOCUS PhotoFestival «Photographing the Female» exhibition, Mumbai, India
Kyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kyosato, Japan
European Center of Arts, Hellerau Photography Awards Exhibition, Dresden, Germany
2016 Suwon PASA Festival, South Korea
Metenkov’s House Museum of Photography, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Kyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kyosato, Japan
European Center of Arts, Hellerau Photography Awards Exhibition, Dresden, Germany
2015 Encontros da Imagem Photo Festival «Seeing is Believing», Braga, Portugal
«She Loves me, She Loves me Not», Centre of Photography, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2014 Month of Photography in Norilsk, Russia
Pingyao Photography Festival, China
2013 Encontros da Imagem Photo festival, Braga, Portugal
Meyrin Cultural Center, Geneva, Switzerland
2012 PhotoVisa Festival, Krasnodar, Russia
Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark
Coexist gallery, Southend-on-sea, UK
Backlight 2011 photo festival, Tampere art museum, Tampere, Finland
Getty Images Gallery, London, England
Phodar biennial, Pleven, Bulgaria
ArteLaguna, Nappe area of the Arsenale, Venice, Italy
The A.D Gallery, «Inner & outer landscape», USA
2010 «Young Russian Photography 2010 2/2. Time» Fotodepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Gallery «KINO», Moscow, Russia
Gallery «NIU», Barcelona, Spain
Tashkentalle-2010, Fitfth International Tashkent Exhibition Photo Biennial Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Gallery «Captains of Industry», Malbourn, Australia
Gallery «Charnwood Arts», Lestershir, England

Grants and scholarships:

2014 Lucie Foundation Scholarship Finalist
2013 Lens Culture Student Photography Award Finalist
2012 PhotoVisa Festival Finalist, Krasnodar, Russia
Honorable Mention of Emergentes DST 2012, Portugal
Luceo Student Project Award winner, USA
Nominated on Prix Pictet Award
2011 Finalist of ArteLaguna Prize, Venice, Italy
Winner of «Inner & outer Landscape»
International Juried Exhibition, North Caroline, USA
Winner of IED Master of Fine Art Photography Scholarship, Madrid, Spain