Mikhail Tolmachev
Mikhail Tolmachev is a visual artist who investigates alternative documentary practices. He is looking for aesthetic strategies to explore various constructions of reality and how they form temporality, space and agency.

With installations, photo etchings, and spatial interventions he examines the intersections of realism and imagination, technology and territory.

Mikhail studied documentary photography in Moscow and Media Arts in the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.
For his work he extensively collaborates with architects, writers, sound- engineers, poets and historians. Mikhail‘s work was presented internatinally, at the Kiev Biennial, Tate Modern, Moscow Biennial, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, MUSA Vienna and Kunstverein Karlsruhe amongst others.
1983, Moscow, Russia, Leipzig, Germany

2016–2018 Meisterschule by prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig 2016 Diploma in Media Arts, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
2009 Institute Of Contemporary Art, New Art Strategies, Moscow
2006–2008 IZVESTIA Documentary Photography School, Moscow

Grants / Scholarships
2010–2015 V-A-C Foundation Scholarship
2016 Sächsisches Landesstipendium
2017 Center for Experimental Museology Research Grant

Beyond Visual Range, MMKoehn & V-A-C Press, Berlin / Moscow

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Pact of Silence, curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Museum of GULAG History, Moscow
2014 Beyond Visual Range, curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Central Armed Forces Museum, Moscow 2013 Air To Land, curated by Günther Selichar, Gallery 21, Moscow

Group Exhibitions (selection)
Space Force Construction, curated by Matthew Witkovsky, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice
2016 Semantic RIOTS, curated by Kristina Semenova, Olga Vostretsova, Ausstellungsraum Klingeltal, Basel
A Visit from Ghosts, curated by Katya Mishenko, Visual Culture Research Center, Kiev.
Time of Reasonable Doubts, curated by Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Sentsov’s Camera, curated by Katya Mischenko, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

The School Of Prosperity
, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer, MUSA Museum, Startgalerie, Artothek, Vienna
Kiev, Moscow and Beyond – 20 years of springerin, curated by Hedwig Saxsenhuber, Depo, Istanbul The School of Kyiv, Karlsruhe Class. Lecturer: Alexandra Extra, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer and Anja Casser, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Kyiv Biennial: The School of Kyiv, curated by Hedwig Saxsenhuber, Georg Schölhammer,
Presidium of the Academy of Arts, Kyiv

Object Is Meditation And Poetry, curated by Olga Vostretsova, Alba D’Urbano, Grassi Museum, Leipzig Best Evidence Rule, curated by Kristina Semenova, Olga Vostretsova, Kunstverein, Leipzig
Sources Go Dark, curated by Silvia Franceschini and Valerio Borgonuovo , Futura Art Centre, Prague
2014 Detective , curated by Valentin Diaconov, Museum Of Modern Art, Moscow
IK-00 The Spaces Of Confinement, curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Casa Dei Tre Oci, Venice
2013 Past Imperfect , TodaysArt, curated by Joseph Bakstein, Yasha Yavorskaya, The Hague The Super Show, curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, Halle14, Spinnerei, Leipzig
Print Made in Leipzig, curated by Katrin von Maltzahn, Barcsay Hall, Budapest
No Water Tomorrow, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Museum Of Modern Art, Moscow
2012 Copy&Repeat, curated by Katrin von Maltzahn, Joachim Blank, BKS Garage, Copenhagen
Seems something is missing here, Stas Shuripa, Winzawod, Moscow
Kunst-Kunst, curated by Julia Schäfer, Gfzk, Leipzig

Dust, curated by Dasha Parkhomenko, Simon Mraz, LABORATORIA Art&Science Space, Moscow
2011 Landscapepaintedbygaze,curatedbyStasShuripa,Gallery21,Moscow
From The Realm Of The Practical Knowledge, curated by Stas Shuripa, 4th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow