Bio / Contact. Elena Anosova is an award-winning visual artist

“As an artist, I work with the themes of boundaries and respect them. Both  personal and countries”
El. Anosova

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Elena Anosova (b. 1983) is a visual artist and researcher working with documentary and art photography, video, archive, and installations. Originally hailing from the region of  Baikal (Russia, Siberia), she is currently based in Moscow, Lake Baikal (Irkutsk), and the Baltic Sea (Kaliningrad).

The most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal, long-term projects that are centered around lives in closed institutions, small communities, and isolation. The impulse of research of such themes arose in a reflection of her teenage period spent at the closed rehabilitation boarding school. 

Elena Anosova works with subjects of borders, identity, and collective memory in the territory of Siberia, Far North, Russian Far East, and Baltic Sea borderlands. Anosova has been a winner of various competitions. She is a recipient of The Aaron Siskind FoundationGarage Museum’s Grant ProgramWorld Press PhotoCenter ProjectLensCulture, and others. Her works have been published around the world including National Geographic (USA), Stern, Marie Claire, Guardian, New Yorker, Washington Post and others.

Elena is an independent curator and since 2015 she teaches visual arts at Russian and European art schools and holds the master position at The Rodchenko Art School (Moscow) since 2021. Elena is a curator and one of the founders of the Artist-in-residence Program on Lake Baikal.


For print sales contact one of the galleries:

Netherlands → Schilt Publishing & Gallery
schilt@schiltpublishing.com

Portugal and Spain → SALUT AU MONDE!
pablo@salutaumonde.info

Outside of these territories and for commissions, lectures and workshops or to request further information, please contact: info@anosova.com 

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WhatsApp and Telegram +7 915 466-84-12 

In the case of a bad connection, Elena often works in remote places, please contact with producer Anna Zekria: anna@saltimages.ru

Awards (selected)
  • 2022 Garage Museum’s Studio Program
  • 2021 Cultural Initiatives Grant of the Ministry of Culture of Russia
  • 2019 The Aaron Siskind Foundation grant / Winner
  • 2018 Garage Museum’s Grant Program for Emerging Artists / Winner
  • 2017 The LensCulture Exposure Awards / 1st place series
  • 2017 World Press Photo / Daily Life, 2d prize stories
  • 2016 Center Project Launch / Winner
  • 2016 Portraits — Hellerau Photography Award / 1st place
  • 2016 Photogrvphy Grant / Story, 1st place
  • 2015 The V annual World. Report Award — Documenting Humanity / Spot Light Award
  • 2015 Direct Look photo contest, FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at Sakharov center / 3d place
  • 2015 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest / Grand Prix
  • 2015 Baltic Biennale “Photomania” / Documentary, 1st place
Solo shows
  • 2022 “Atlas of the First Snow”, Planta1 / Madrid, Spain
  • 2019 “Out-of-the-way”, Gallery SALUT AU MONDE! / Porto, Portugal
  • 2018 “Out-of-the-way”, Schilt Publishing & Gallery / Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017 “Beyond The Boundaries”, Metenkov’s House Museum / Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2016 “Section”, Photo-Eye Gallery / Santa Fe NM, USA
  • 2016 “Section”, Galleria Passante in Porta Venezia / Milan, Italy
  • 2015 “Polite Fish”, CCA ZARYA / Vladivostok, Russia
  • 2015 “Section”, Red Square Gallery / Moscow, Russia
Groupe shows (selected)
  • 2022 ¡Somos Familia! / Centro Niemeyer / Aviles, Spain
  • 2021 The Zverev Art Prize / Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
  • 2021 WE ARE FAMILY! XS / Gallery SALUT AU MONDE! , Porto, Portugal
  • 2020 NEMOSKVA is just around the corner / Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2019 The Twelfth Time Zone: A Contemporary Art Report from Russia / BOZAR Center for Fine Arts / Brussels, Belgium
  • 2019 Urgent Perspective #3 / Aa Collections Gallery / Vienna, Austria
  • 2019 Shot List / NEW WING of the Gogol’s House, Moscow, Russia
  • 2018 “One North-East” / CCA ZARYA / Vladivostok, Russia
  • 2018 Strategic project of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art “Please, thank you, I’m sorry”, NCCA / Moscow, Russia
  • 2018 “Connections”, Gallery Kvaka 22 / Belgrade Photo Month, Serbia
  • 2017 “Grow/Conserve”, Somerset House / London, UK 
  • 2017 MT. ROKKO International Photo Festival / Kobe, Japan
  • 2016 Kolga Tbilisi Photo / Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 2016 Rodchenko Art School. 10 Years, Multimedia Art Museum / Moscow, Russia
  • 2016 After the Event, Museum and Exhibition Center “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman” / Moscow, Russia
  • 2015 Fotoistanbul Festival / Old Orphanage, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2015 Exhibition “Silver Camera” / Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
Art-Residencies (selected)
  • 2019 Docking Station / Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019 KulturKontakt / Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 Art Vorota / Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 2017 Metenkov’s House Museum / Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2015 CCA ZARYA / Vladivostok, Russia 
Education (selected)
  • 2020−2021 Second Curatorial School of the NEMOSKVA Platform
  • 2013−2016 The Rodchenko Art School / Moscow, Russia
  • 2013−2015 Master program in the World Economy, ISTU / Irkutsk, Russia
  • 2001−2006 Master program in Technology of art processing of materials, ISTU / Irkutsk, Russia
Artist talks, events, seminars, other activities (selected)
  • 2021 Conversations at International Conference in Vyksa “The Art and Practice of Hospitality
  • 2021 Art director of the literary festival “Antonovskie apples” / Kolomna, Russia
  • 2021 Jury member of the contest “Makers of Siberia Photo Prize” / Omsk, Russia 
  • 2021 Organizer of an open meeting and portfolio-review of curators and experts with the art community of Irkutsk 
  • 2021 Curatorial excursion (with Petr Antonov and Anastasia Tsayder) of the Herbarium exhibition, PENNLAB Gallery / Moscow, Russia
  • 2020 Jury member of the international project New East Photo Prize / London, UK 
  • 2020 One of the founders of the project (with Maria Muzdybaeva) CURATED, the first open database of the Russian artists recommended by experts
  • 2020 Online conversation with Mary Gelman at VII Interactive (VII Photo Agency) about barriers and possible ways to advance for women in photography, based on personal experience 
  • 2020 Organizer of an online portfolio-review of the participants of the curatorial school of the NEMOSKVA platform with artists from Eastern Siberia
  • 2020 Artist Talk at Park of Arts “Muzeon” for NIMA museum / Moscow, Russia
  • 2020 Jury member of the Young Photographers of Russia contest / Kaluga, Russia
  • 2020 Zoom meeting: Archival photography. Strategy and methods for Bird in Flight
  • 2019 Three-side conversation with curator Susana Lourenço Marques and Pablo Berástegui, founder of Salut au monde! program at Fine Arts School of the University of Porto’s Maestrado em Design da Imagem / Porto, Portugal
  •  2019 Artist Talk at Humanity House / Hague, Netherlands
  • 2019 Workshop and portfolio-review for the finalists of the competition “Makers of Siberia Photo Prize” / Omsk, Russia 
  • 2019 Workshops at Katholisches Oberstuferealgynasium / Innsbruck, Austria
  • 2019 Artist Talk at Lofoten Internasjonale Fotofestival — LIFF / Kabelvåg, Norway
  • 2018 Artist Talk at Theater Vrijburcht / Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018 Artist Talk at Tomsk State University / Tomsk, Russia
  • 2018 Artist Talk at the Museum of the World Ocean / Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 2018 Artist Talk at the n-ost / Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 Artist Talk at LUMIX-Festival / Hannover, Germany
  • 2018 Artist Talk at Extra Fort by RECYCLART, Botanique / Brussels, Belgium
  • 2018 Jury member of the documentary photo contest Neighborhood / Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2018 Artist Talk at V. Bronstein Gallery / Irkutsk, Russia
  • 2017 Workshop and Artist Talk at Metenkov’s House Museum / Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2017 Workshop and Lecture at PiterPhoto Festival / Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2017 Artist Talk at World Press Photo / Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2017 Workshop and Artist Talk at Art-Subject Festival / Vladimir, Russia
  • 2016 Artist Talk at Center Santa Fe Photo Festival / Santa Fe NM, USA
  • 2016 Jury member of the International Film Festival Side by Side / Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2016 Lecture at Young photographers of Russia Festival / Ples, Russia
  • 2015 Artist Talk at Festival della Fotografia Etica / Lodi, Italy
  • 2015 Artist Talk at Fotoistanbul Festival / Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2015 Artist Talk at CCA ZARYA / Vladivostok, Russia

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