Lyudmila Kalinichenko
Photography, video, installation
1985, Miass, Russia
"Internet utopia has ceased to be a concept and has become a reality, as common as a pile of dirty dishes. It is easier for me to use # hashtags, they are more # understandable and filled with common sense. The necessary information finds me. Google. My focus for today is food-internet-food. Сopy & Paste is a trend, the foundation of the world view. I subscribe to the channel, I put "like"- this short paragraph contains the entire philosophy of Lyudmila Kalinichenko. Her creative search today is largely intuitive, but focused on specific issues. Among other things, she is interested in the study of the importance of the "copy & paste" method in modern communications and aesthetic post-internet possibilities, observation of the performative nature of image and art form mutation, the interpretation of a symbol and the search for the traditional in the current culture.
"Household Surrealism", created in cooperation with curator Ksenia Larina (Nizhny Tagil) was one of the first serious projects by Kalinichenko. "Photography opened up from a completely different angle, becoming not just a way to record the moment, but the strongest means of communication with the outside world. Thus, a photo has created the artist. Today, I work with media, studying the transformation of a flat image into a multi-dimensional one and from multi-dimensional to digital by constantly moving objects in these media. On the one hand, this is an attempt to erase spatial boundaries, on the other – the search for their interaction".

In 2017 the main project of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art featured Lyudmila Kalinichenko's large-scale installation "The Room of Desires". It was dedicated to the topic of online superstitions in the worldwide web and the typical strife of a person for happiness, love and prosperity.
After the portfolio review of the "Start" project which took place within the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, Lyudmila Kalinichenko received an invitation for a personal exhibition in the center of contemporary art "WINZAVOD", where her project, called "500 Meters Online" highlighted the phenomenon of rubbish and its material nature. In this project the author treats rubbish as a physical trace left by a person in the real world even when he/she is online.
Subsequently, this project was included in the exhibition "Big Country - Great Ideas" in the framework of the mobile symposium NEMOSKVA.
Selected works

"The room of desires" / 2017
3600*3600*3600 mm / light box / material: fabric, foam, drywall.

The images used in the commissioned installation by Lyudmila Kalinichenko were taken from the "maps of desires" spread on the Internet by people from all over the world. Through this projection of personal dreams, wishes, and aspirations, the sacred is embedded into technology, as real-world superstitions and desires are transferred into digital space. The installation employs the pictures as an accumulation of a "collective consciousness"; this ritual of materialization, where people collect images of what they want, is transformed into a space of universal desires.
Exhibitions and publications
  • "Projection" online platform "PhotoDepartment"
  • Course "Going Beyond a Photo", curated by Nadezhda Sheremetova, PhotoDepartment
  • Course "Criticism and Practice of Modern Photography", curated by Julia Spiridonova, PhotoDepartment
  • Frauke Thielking's Workshop, Ural Branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg
Awards and memberships
  • 2018 Member of the START project, WINZAVOD, Moscow
  • 2017 Winner of the grant program of the "Garage" Museum 2017-2018, Moscow
  • 2017 Special diploma from the "Young Photographers of Russia-2017", Moscow
  • 2017 Fellow of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia 2017-18, Moscow
  • 2017 Member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia, Moscow
  • 2016 Winner of the "Young Photographers of Russia – 2016", Pushchino, Moscow
Solo exhibitions
  • 2018 "500 meters online", the "START project, WINZAVOD, Moscow
  • 2017 "Gradient of Linear Changes", "One. Two. Three.", "Bottom","110000 110001","Post-Present". "Cultural Transit" Foundation, Yekaterinburg
  • 2017 "Household Surrealism", "A Chicken in Search of Yolk", OkNo Gallery, Chelyabinsk
  • 2016 "Chamber of Desires", "ZhBI" Gallery, Yekaterinburg
  • 2016 "Tempus Locus", LKKL Project, Museum of Fine Arts, Nizhny Tagil
  • 2015 "Limitless Us", SPACE PLACE Gallery, Nizhny Tagil
  • 2015 "Skirts", part of the "Ready product" series, LKKL Project, Artist's House, Nizhny Tagil
Group exhibitions
  • 2018 "The Bottom", "I'm not a Robot", Electromuseum, Moscow
  • 2018 "One. Two. Three.", ART-Subject, Vladimir2017 "One. Two. Three. "," #ZebraSelfieSochi", Young Photographers of Russia-
  • 2017, Moscow
  • 2017 "Better Shut Up", "Bring Your Own Beamer-I", Yeltsin Center Art Gallery, Yekaterinburg
  • 2017 "A Chicken ...", "Bottom", "Why Do I See Light in My Dreams?", Yeltsin Center Art Gallery, Yekaterinburg
  • 2017 "Once. Two. Three.","Taming the Void", Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg2017 "The Bottom", "NeTemno
  • 2017", "Cultural Transit" Foundation, Yekaterinburg
  • 2017 "The Chamber of Desires", the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Main Project, Ekaterinburg2016 "Binary Code", "Artroom", London, UK
  • 2016 "Household Surrealism", Young Photographers of Russia-2016, Pushchino, Moscow region.
  • 2016 "Household Surrealism", "Marsciano Arte Giovani", Marschiano, Italy
  • 2016 "Gelenzhik", "When I Appear", PhotoDepartment, St. Petersburg
  • 2016 "Here and Now", "Non-random connections", NCCA, Yekaterinburg
  • 2016 "Chicken in Search of Yolk! / "NeTemno 2016" / 'Cultural Transit' Foundation, Yekaterinburg
  • 2015 "Household Surrealism", "Cultural Transit" Foundation, Yekaterinburg
  • 2015 Zebra, SPACE PLACE Gallery, Nizhny Tagil
  • 2015 "Loophole", "NeTemno
  • 2015", "Cultural Transit" Foundation, curated by Max Sudhues, Yekaterinburg
  • 2013 "We are Like Insects", Workshop by Frauke Thielring, NCCA, Yekaterinburg
  • 2013 "A Tale of How Zoya, the Horse, Learned to Fly",
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