Mikhail Tolmachev

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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.

He is based in Moscow and Leipzig.

Mikhail Tolmachev (b.1983, Moscow)

Education
2016–2018 Meisterschueler, 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

2018 Projekt Bauhaus, Datatopia Summer School Floating University Berlin
2018 Project Grant, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony
2018 Garage Museum Moscow, Research Grant
2017 Center for Experimental Museology, Research Grant
2016 Landesstipendium, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony
2010–2015 V-A-C Foundation Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Vadim Sudur Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, curated by Katya Novokshonova
2018 I went there three times, but three times I came back, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava
2016 Pact of Silence, curated by Katerina Chuchalina, Anna Ilchenko, 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)

2020
Boom. Sächsische Landesausstellung für Industriekult, curated by Thomas Spring, Audi Halle, Zwickau
Public art project, Semmering, Austria, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber
2019 The City of Tomorrow, curated by Georg Schöllhammer, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2018
General Rehearsal, curated by Armen Avanessian, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Migration of Energies, curated by Nadine Gandy, Gandy Gallery
2017
7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
States of Control, curated by TOK, HIAP Gallery Augusta, Helsinki
Space Force Construction, curated by Matthew Witkovsky, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice
2016
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, Vienna
2015
The School of Kyiv, Karlsruhe Class. curated by Georg Schöllhammer and Anja Casser, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Kyiv Biennial: The School of Kyiv, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schölhammer, Kyiv
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
2012
Copy&Repeat, curated by Katrin von Maltzahn, Joachim Blank, BKS Garage, Copenhagen
Kunst-Kunst, curated by Julia Schäfer, Galerie fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst GfzK, Leipzig
Dust, curated by Dasha Parkhomenko, Simon Mraz, LABORATORIA Art&Science Space, Moscow

Mikhail Tolmachev
2020 Ausbeutung, oder wie man die Oberfläche durchbricht, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2019 Panorama of disappearance 8, Three-channel sound installation, print on fabric, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2019 Panorama of disappearance 8, Three-channel sound installation, print on fabric, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2018 Another day of you and me under conditions not of our own making, video still

Mikhail Tolmachev
2018 Another day of you and me under conditions not of our own making, video still

Mikhail Tolmachev
2017 Pact of Silence 17, 11 min silent video, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2016 Pact of Silence 14, 22 c-prints, 7-channel sound-installation, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2015 Line of Site, 12 photo-etchings, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2015 Line of Site, 12 photo-etchings, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2014 4-channel video projection, 3-D printed model, archival materials, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2014 Multi-media intervention, Central Armed Forces Museum Moscow, installation view

Mikhail Tolmachev
2013 Air To Land, installation view

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