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I grew up in a city of scientists and followed an academic path up to a Master's degree in film studies. Having carried a certain academic rigour into my artistic practice, I usually approach a new film with a formal, structural, or conceptual proposition and try to find an appropriate form for it. For this reason every new film is different from the previous one. It can be a dissertation-like argument (Mad Mimes), a social network discussion staged in the fashion of a classical courtroom drama (Krisis), a history told through architectural styles and musical variations of the national anthem (The Hymns of Muscovy).


Selected group shows and film festivals


Monoculture, M KHA, Antwerp


FICMA, Mexico City - Best Experimental Short Film. New Digital Narratives

Kandinsky Prize, MMOMA, Moscow - Shortlist

FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil - Highlight

Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy - Best Art Film

WRO Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland

Dresden Film Festival, Germany

cellu l'art Film Festival, Jena, Germany

Revolutions Per Minute Festival, Boston, USA

London Short Film Festival, UK


Expanding Bauhaus #01: Creating Worlds, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam


Leuven Kortfilm Festival, Belgium 

Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden 

Message To Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg - Special jury mention

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

Open City Documentary Festival, London, United Kingdom

Kansk International Video Festival, Russia - Grand Prix

Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia - Anna Schwartz Gallery Award for Best Experimental Short Film


Monumental, Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia

Beat film festival, Moscow, Russia - Special jury mention

Arquiteturas film festival, Lisbon, Portugal - Best fiction film

Other Shores, Manezh, St.Petersburg, Russia

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival - International Critics' FIPRESCI prize, e-flux prize 


GIBCA, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

Rencontres Internationales, Berlin

Documenta 14, Keimena, ERT2 Greece

10th Anniversary Screening Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Kino der Kunst, Munich

First Russian Triennale of Contemporary Art, Garage museum, Moscow


Artists’ Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Kasseler Dokumentarfest, Kassel


VII Permanent Collection Display Interaction: Contemporary Artists Respond to MMOMA Collection, MMOMA, Moscow


Zerkalo Tarkovsky Film Festival, Ivanovo


Oberhausen International Short Film Festival

Trans-people. State of insecurity, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine


Metageography, Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

Rodchenko School. Generation Next, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow

Forum Alanica, Vladikavkaz

Cannibal Manifesto: Mimesis as Resistance, Karst Foundation, Plymouth

Close and Far, Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre


Great Expectations, Manezh, Moscow

Burning News, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London

Moscow. Barocco. 2014, Triumph Gallery, Moscow

Close and Far, Calvert 22 Gallery, London

Goeast Film Festival, Open Frame Award, Wiesbaden, Germany

Video#Russia!, PERMM, Perm, Russia


Vth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art «More Light», Moscow

Bergen Assembly «Monday begins on Saturday», Bergen, Norway

«Reality is not Enough», Media Forum of Moscow International Film Festival

'Constructed Sceneries' - the film program of 'Scenographies' exhibition, SMBA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Voice and the Chorus,Russian video art in Museum De Hallen. Haarlem,  The Netherlands

Kino der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Now and After, International festival of video art, Moscow - Third prize

Start Making Sense!, H.E.A.D. Geneva, Switzerland


Kandinsky prize exhibition, Moscow - Young artist of the year

31st Jean Rouch Film Festival, Paris

XI International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk

Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Moscow

The workshop vs. The Film Process, NCCA Moscow

No Exception, Moscow Art and Multimedia Museum

34th International Moscow Film Festival

Scinema Festival of Science Film, Australia


II and III Moscow Biennales of Young Art


Upward! Community shows Field of Silence and Nemi, Moscow

Auditorium Moscow

History of Russian Video Art, Vol.3


Sense and sensibility, Moscow Photography Biennale




Solo shows


The Hymns of Muscovy, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden


Gravity Control, M HKA, Antwerp


October Overturn, Winzavod Art Centre, Moscow


Time Shall Be No More, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow


Getting There Together, Triumph Gallery, Moscow




Exhibitions curated


Albert Soldatov "Breaking distance", Peresvetov pereulok gallery, Moscow


Albert Soldatov «Festival», Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, Moscow

Teaching, lecturing, conferences

2015 - 2019

Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, video art professor


What's Left? A Century in Revolution, Newcastle Upon Tyne

PARSE Exclusion conference, Valand Academy University of Gothenburg

2014 – 2015

Moscow University of Design and Technology, film professor

Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, video and media art professor

National Center for Contemporary Art, lecturer, Moscow

Svobodnye Masterskie, lecturer, Moscow


Yale University School of Art, lecture, seminar, studio visits, New Haven, USA


Yearly Field Conference, Moscow State University Ethnography Department, Moscow, Russia



Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, New Media, 2009-2012

University of Oregon, Russian and East European Studies Center, MA in Film Studies, Thesis title «From spontaneous to official carnival : the role of humor in the Soviet film 1924-1941”, 2004-2006

International University, Moscow, BA in linguistics, 1998-2003





First Moscow Art Prize - First prize in cinema category

Best Experimental Short Film - New Digital Narratives, FICMA, Mexico City, 2019

Kandinsky Prize shortlist, 2019

Best Art Film, Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo, Italy, 2019 

Anna Schwartz Gallery Award for Best Experimental Short Film, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2018


Best Fiction Film, International Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon, 2018

Special Jury Mention, Message to Man Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2018

Special Jury Mention, Beat Film Festival, Moscow, 2018

FIPRESCI prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018

E-flux prize, 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 2018

Now & After, International Video Art Festival, third prize, 2013


Kandinsky Prize Young Artist of the Year, 2012

Fellowships and residencies

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Russian and East European Studies Center, University of Oregon, 2004-2006

University of Arizona Biosphere 2, residency, May 2013

National Center for Contemporary Arts Nizhny Novgorod, residency, 2012

«What if…» artist residency, Divnogor'e, Voronezh region, Russia, 2014

Oleg Vasiliev stipend, 2013

Forum Alanica, residency, Vladizavkaz, 2015


Works in the collections of

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Sofya and Roman Trotsenko collection, Moscow

Gazprombank Collection, Moscow

M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

Ruarts Foundation, Moscow

©Dimitri Venkov. Artist website

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