Some recent solo exhibitions
Bank Austria, Vienna 2009, 'Inner Dialog Kunstforum'
Metis-nl, Amsterdam 2008, 'Emergency drawings'
Foxy Productions, New York 2007, 'Isle of Sparks'
Stella Art Gallery, Moscow 2006, 'Panorama'
Some recent group exhibitions
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne 2009, 'Everything, then, passes between us'
15th Biennale of Sydney, 2006, 'Zones of Contact'
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 2005, 'Russia!'
Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2001, Russian pavilion
Ekaterina Andreeva, Acquaintances, London: White Space Gallery 2008
Sylvia Eiblmayr [et al.], Arbeit*, Frankfurt am Main: Revolver 2005
Ekaterina Dyogot, Olga Chernysheva: second life, [s.l.]: National Centre for Contemporary Arts 2001
Selected public and corporate collections
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, RU • State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, RU • Russian Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, RU • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL • Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK • Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, DE • FRAC Bretagne, Châteaugiron, FR
Olga Chernysheva works across a variety of media. She produces expressive, penetrating artworks. Embedded within social reality, her photographs are infused with a lyricism and beauty that tacitly transforms the ordinary scenes and sights of and around Moscow into the extraordinary. She does so by employing uncomplicated methods, such as the framing and setting of an architectural detail or horizon, the play of light and shadow, or the unexpected emphasis upon a particular texture or form. Chernysheva's work frequently expresses a strong social engagement in relation to her changing country. Whilst one can frequently read disillusionment, loss and isolation in her images, one also sees signs of life and renewal, perseverance and warmth in what they depict. Her films and photographs transcend the documentary, investigating instead the very fabric of the individuality, stoicism and self-sufficiency of the Russian character. The drawings present ideas in a form that is familiar and conventional, reminiscent of the way Russian school children are introduced to paintings as devices for developing social and political understanding.
Olga Chernysheva was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1994-1995.
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