Based in Moscow, Russia
Visual artist, photographer and independent book-maker based in Moscow, Russia, graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Moscow and Fotodepartament in St.Petersburg, co-founder of Russian Independent Selfpublished group, winner of Rock your dummy 2013 photo book contest and recipient of the Urban Urge Seed Grant 2014. Lena works with photography, projection, video, dance, performance and self-publishes artist books of limited edition. Dancer's background defines her interest to physicality and bodily manifestations in statics of the image and dynamics of the video.
Lena's photographs and books have been exhibited in Moscow (6th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, MMOMA, Artplay, Sokol CCA, Belyaevo gallery, Random gallery, Gogol-Centre), St.Petersburg (Manifesta10, Taiga gallery, Fotodepartament), Kazan, Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Ekaterinburg, Uglich, Sao Paolo, Bologna, Aarhus, Paris, Amsterdam, Riga, Delhi, Belfast, Athens, Tbilisi etc. In Moscow Lena's photographs are represented by Ptichka gallery and ArtChoice project, in St.Petersburg - by FotoDepartament gallery.
Commercially Lena works mainly as fashion and portrait photographer, often collaborating with designers and other artists.
Selected exhibitions 2015-2016:
- "Special edition: photobooks in Russia" - Metenkov's House Photography Museum, Ekaterinburg.
- 6th Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Main program - VDNH Central Pavilion, Moscow, curated by Bart De Baere, Defne Ayas and Nicolaus Schafhausen.
- "Expanding space: artistic practices in urban environment" by V-A-C Foundation - ГЭС-2, Moscow.
- The Photobook as an Art Object - Delhi Photofestival 2015, curated by Regina Maria Anzenberger.
- Athens Photo Festival 2015, Benaki Museum Athens, photobook exhibition.
- "Construction. Photography in search of approach" - Uglich Photo Festival, curator Nadya Sheremetova.
- Belfast Photo Festival 2015, Unseen dummy award shortlist exhibition.
Institute of Contemporary Arts Moscow, "New strategies in contemporary art" course.
Fotodepartament St.Petersburg, "Photography: post-graduate" course by Nadya Sheremetova.
Book Case Study Hague
Akina Books Bristol
Self Publish Be Happy
Languages: English, German, French, Russian.
Dance: contemporary (TSEKH), Irish (Iridan Academy, TCRG).
Shoots for: Lookatme, The Village, Superior, Yearbook, Papercut, Meow, Contributor, Voir, Pinshop, Hint, Satiety Paper, Kock, Anormal, LES, Meow, Vaga, Revs, Blink, Beauty Rebel, U+Mag, W-O-S, Line, Supplementaire, Kneon, The Ones 2 Watch, Doze, Ozon Raw, Open Lab, Kinki, Haunt, Tissue, Girls on Film and others.
Dazed Digital: "The Moscow-born photographer Elena Kholkina, contributed to a variety of magazines like Ozon Raw, ACHE, Open Lab and Kinki. She is closely collaborating with fashion designers and is currently working on projects with Alexandra Grecco, Dreamandawake and Dell Stewart. Her recent dreamlike photography series, populated by illusive and beautiful characters, pulsate with ambiguous meditations on a profound spiritual level. Elena’s photography manages to evoke the sense of faux naïve intimacy within the confines of hauntingly atmospheric scenarios."
The Smell of Dust: "Elena Kholkina is a Russian artist who uses Photography as a way to memorize things. She likes to work with archives, as it brings her the possibility of remixing and changing the meaning of photographs, create new narratives."
Trend Hunter: "The young artist is based in Moscow, Russia. She works with an international clientele, having her favorite names send their articles to her. She in turn shoots them, and sends them back with the end result."
Papercut Magazine: "Elena Kholkina, a talented fashion photographer based out of Moscow, travels around the world to take pictures and sets up photoshoots with new models, designers and local creatives wherever she goes."