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Alexander Chekmenev


location: Kiev, Ukraine


phone: +38(067) 2605550


        Alexander Chekmenev was born 1969 in Luhansk, the city located in Eastern Ukraine.
        In 1988 he started his career as a photographer in a small photo studio in his home town. On the free of work time he photographed people on the streets and homes, who were effected the most by economical crisis after Soviet Union collapse.
        In 1990-92 he studied at the correspondence faculty of photojournalism at MSU.
        In 1997 he moved to Kiev, where he works as photojournalist.
        In 2011 Alexander published a book "Donbass", a visual narrative of 20 years photographic exploration of the Eastern Ukraine. His work has been published in New York Times Lens blog, Time Magazine, Time LightBox, The New Yorker Photo Booth, MSNBC, Quartz, The Guardian, Vice Magazine.
        Photos of Alexander give an intimate and unique insider view on transition of coal mining region in 90-s in Eastern Ukraine. He still continues to document the transformation of his home region Donbass, which is caught up in war now.

        1994 – 1st prize in the competition "Ukrpressphoto" in the category "New Names", Kiev, Ukraine.
        2000 – winner of the European competition of documentary photography for the series "Ukrainian passport", Vevey, Switzerland.
        2013 – Grand Prix "Photographer of the Year", Ukraine.

        Solo exhibitions:
        2000 – 1st personal exhibition, organized by the magazine "Photography" and the newspaper "Vedminosti Vzhesinsky", Vzvesnia, Poland.
        2000 – Series "Ukrainian passport" and "Lilies", photo gallery in Poprad, Slovakia.
        2001 – Series "Ukrainian passport", "Lilies", "Blind", "Easter", "Portraits", "Shakhtery", gallery "Zameck", Poznan; photo gallery Zielona Góra, Poland.
        2001 – Series "Ukrainian passport", Zurich, Switzerland.
        2001 – Series "Ukrainian passport", "Lilies", "Blind", "Easter", "Portraits", "Shakhtery", photo gallery in Olsztyn, Poland.
        2007 – Series "Winners", photo gallery "Irene", Kiev, Ukraine.
        2007 – Series "Black-and-white photography", photo gallery "Yagalereya", Kiev, Ukraine.
        2008 – Series "Street portraits – color photography", photo gallery "Yagalereya", Kiev, Ukraine.
        2010 – Series "Donbass", Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia.
        2012 – "Street people", Art Center – Gallery "Camera", Kiev, Ukraine.
        2012-13 – Series "Donbass", Gallery "Clara Maria Sels", Duesseldorf; Museum "Märkisches Museum der Stadt", Witten, Germany.
        2014 – Series "Mad World", Gallery "Clara Maria Sels", Duesseldorf, Germany.
        2016 – Series "Donbass" and "Passport", Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA. 
        2017 – Series "Passport", Folia Gallery, Paris, France.

        Group exhibitions:
        2008 – "4x4. Modern Ukrainian Photography", House of Photography, Vilnius, Lithuania.
        2010 – "Without revolution", 3rd Festival of photo-document, Poznan-Warsaw, Poland.
        2011-13 – "Invisible Country", Project Liberty.SU, Gallery "White Cube", Omsk; Tomsk Regional Museum of Local History, Tomsk; Municipal Art Gallery, Kostroma, Russia.
        2014 – "Ukraine in crisis" series from Maidan protests, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, UK.
        2014 – Series "Warriors", "LEGACY: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, & The Caucasus", Newcastle, UK.
        2017 – Series "Passport", PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine.

        2008 – "Chorno-bila photographiya" publishing house "Artbuk", ukr./eng., ISBN 978-966-96916-4-4, Kiev, Ukraine.
        2010 – "Donbass", Kerer Verlag, deu./eng./rus., ISBN 978-3-86828-185-9, Heidelberg, Germany.