We are pleased to announce ‘Volodarsk, Russia’, 2016, by photographer, Olya Ivanova, will be exhibited at The Light House Media Centre 6-27 October 2017.


There are more than 1000 cities in Russia, 319 of them are industrial towns called “monocities”. They were built around the main plant to support its work, but now they are in poor condition. Some monocities appeared in the XVIII century in the Russian Empire, while others were created for the realization of the Grand plans of the Soviet Union.

This project is about how public places of industry towns specific for post-soviet space become private, habitable. Poor reality of industry cities need to be masked and gives rise to the strangest visual combinations. The Soviet architecture left a lot of the same model of schools, sport halls, cultural clubs, hospitals and libraries around the country. Now, in an attempt to turn public areas into human ones, people use all their imagination and creativity. My research is about superiority, private above public, creativity above faceless, human above state.

Born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia.
 In 2004 received BA in literature in Moscow State Pedagogical University. 
In 2014 graduated from Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow). Works as freelance photojournalist worldwide.

Group exhibitions

Imagining a University. Fifty Years of The University of Warwick Art Collection. April – June 2015
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, January – March 2015
On Identity. Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York, USA, 2014
Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, Calvert22 Gallery (London, UK), 2014
Croire! Biennal of Photography and visual art. Liege, Belgium, 2014
Photoquai. Paris, France, 2013
Asian Women Showcase, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2013
Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo, Italy, August 2012
Brighton Photobook Show, Brighton, UK, 2012
Women in Multimedia by DEVELOP and Daylight Magazine. Bologna. Italy 2012
Photovisa. International photofestival. Krasnodar. Russia. 2011
Through the eyes of Russian Reporter. Solyanka Gallery. Moscow, Russia 2010 
InsideOutside: New Images from Russia. Fotoweek DC.Washington, USA. 2009

Photovisa Festival, finalist, Krasnodar, Russia, 2015
Young Russian Photographers, Russia, finalist, 2015
Athens Photo Book Award, Greece, shortlisted, 2015
Asian Women Showcase, finalist, Thailand, 2013
Photojournalism Development Fund Prize, 2-nd place in Portraits, Moscow, Russia 2010
Photo Circle Festival, Vilnius, Finalist, Lithuania, 2010
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable mention in Portrait, 2011, UK

View more of Olya’s photography at www.olyaivanova.com

Image copyright Olya Ivanova. All rights reserved.

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