Born Tver, RU, 1986
Nationality RU

popovaira@yandex.ru
www.irinapopova.net

 
'Russia as it is' | various years (2006-2012) | 40x60 cm | photograph 
'Russia as it is' | various years (2006-2012) | 40x60 cm | photograph

In her work Irina Popova pushes the borders of documentary photography to the realm of art by using alternative forms of storytelling. From her current home in the Netherlands, she focuses her attention on the rapid changes occurring in Russia – her mother country. Looking at these processes from a critical perspective, while separating official patriotism from fragile personal memories, Irina tries to discover what the idea of ‘native land’ might entail.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education
2004-2009
Tver State University, Tver, RU (Journalism faculty)
2008-2010
The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Moscow, RU (Documentary photography)

Residencies
2011
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Fellowships/stipends
2011
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds - Russisch Cultuurfonds

Awards
2010
Scholarship of the Russian Union of Photographers
2010
2nd prize of the Volga Biennale of Photography for 'LTP'
2009
'The Best Photographer of Russia' in the category 'The Best Photostory'
2009
Prize of Fund of Development of Photojournalism, RU
2009
honourable mention of UNICEF for 'Another Family' project
2008
Prize of Volga Biennale 2008 for photoproject 'Derbejki. The Village on the Edge of the World', Nijny Novgorod, RU
2008
Prize of the contest 'Without the Barriers' devoted to the problems of the disabled
2008
Samara, the gold medal of the Delphic Games of World, nomination 'Photography', for photoproject 'Another family',  Moscow, RU
2008
Gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination 'Photography', for photoproject 'Luli gypsies', Novosibirsk, RU
2007
Gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination 'Photography', for photoproject 'The Military Hospital', Yaroslavl, RU
2006
Gold medal of the Delphic Games of UIS, nomination 'Photography', for photoproject 'The National Opera', Astana, Kazakhstan
2006
Krasnoyarsk, the gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination 'Photography', for photoproject 'The Bikers'

Personal photo exhibitions
2011
'Saying goodbye to Kezhma, Chernigov Photofest, Chernigov, UA
2011
'Another Family', Photoquai Biennale, Paris, FR
2010
Zerkalo Project , la Librairie Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Quebec, CA
2010
'Another Family', l'Université Paris Diderot, Paris, FR
2010
'10 Days During the War' as a part of L.A.F. project during the Nights of Photography at Tbilisi PhotoFest, GE
2010
'Another Family' during the Recontres d’Arles festival, Arles, FR
2010
'Syberia', Valckenberg Park, Breda, NL
2009
'Cuba is near', the House of Metrologist, Mendeleevo, RU
2009
'Will the Russian Village Survive?', The Art Center of the Gorky Library, Tver, RU
2008
'Another Family', Photodepartament, S.- Petersburg, RU
2008
'A Place on the Earth', Art-center Garage, Mendeleevo, RU
2008
'The Heroines of a Western', Tver Officer House, Tver, RU
2007
'World in the Glass Wardrobe', The Liza Chaikina Museum, Tver, RU

Selected group exhibitions and photo festivals
2011
'RijksakademieOPEN', Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
2011
Liquid Motions project, Utrecht, NL
2011
'The Day when My Day Began' at 'Weg Weg Weg'-festival, CBKU, Utrecht, NL
2011
'LTP' at Jugada a 3 Bandas, Aranapoveda gallery, Madrid, ES
2011
'Antoher Family', 'Believe in Tver' festival, Tver, RU
2010
The Festival of Cheap Art, Tver, RU
2010
'LTP' at The Volga Biennale of Photography, Nizhniy Novgorod, RU
2010
'The Diploma Show of Rodchenko Photography and Multimedia School graduates', The Moscow Multimedia Museum, Moscow, RU
2010
'LTP' at BredaPhoto Open Studio Route, Breda, NL
2010
Sence and Sencibility in ArtPlay on Yauza, during the Moscow Biennale of Photography, Moscow, RU
2010
'Russians: Photographic Portrait', Orel Gallery, Paris, FR
2010
Photokina, the Best Unicef Entries, Cologne, DE
2009
'The Pursuit of Happiness', Noorderlicht Festival, Groningen, NL
2009
The student exhibition of the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Moscow, RU
2009
'Young Russian Photography', Manej, S.-Petersburg, RU
2008
'Without Barriers', Photosoyuz gallery, Moscow, RU
2008
'The Young Photographers of Russia', The History of Photography Museum, Nijniy Novgorod, RU, photofestival
2007
International Photo and Cinema Festival 'Open Eyes' against racism and xenophobia, S.-Petersburg, RU
2007
'The Young Photographers of Russia', The History of Photography Museum, Nijniy Novgorod, RU, photofestival
2007
Tver Region Photoexhibition, RU

Photoexpeditions
2007
Altay, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia
2008
The Caucasus (North Osetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, Georgia). Work on the Georgian armed conflict in august 2008
2009
Cuba

Teaching experience
2009
Moscow Academy of Classic Photography, Moscow, RU
2009
Photospace, ‘The Lonely Hills’ festival
2010
‘Researcher’ The summer school of journalism and science on the base of Russian Reporter magazine
2011
The 8-days workshop on the Chernigov PhotoFest, Chernigov, UA

Publications
The Petersburg Peak Hour (newspaper)
Russian Reporter
Ogoniok
Correspondent
The flight line
The theatre Petersburg
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Foto&Video
The Sunday Times Magazine
Le Photo

Works in collections
Nijniy Novgorod, RU, Russian museum of photography
Krasnoyarsk, RU, The museum of contemporary art
S.-Petersburg, RU, The State Russian Museum