Since 1997 I have been making photos of my parents in the paradisiacal surroundings of our Russian summerhouse. The use of a certain kind of situation turns my models into fictional characters. My knowledge of this family micro-cosmos enables me to project my ideas onto this subject.
I use mostly ‘feel good moments’. This can be seen as escapism, but for me it is a way to deal with my fears of time, death and human nature. My photos are vanitas without the usual symbols. My themes are the flow of time, continuity and memory. Duration and memory are embedded in perception.
I am fascinated by the way memories change through repetition and grow to mythical proportions, and by our ability to steer memory in different directions.
The mirror brims with brightness;
a bumblebee has entered the room and
bumps against the ceiling.
Everything is as it should be, nothing
will ever change, nobody will ever die.
V. Nabokov: Speak, Memory
my other website www.ichmich.net
loosely built around the subject of Autobiographical Fiction
on ‘a narrative of identity’, family myths and one’s inner voice as storyteller;
linear and non-linear ways of storytelling;
the specifics of autobiography (self-portrait and self-image, identity and alter ego; ‘the space extending between the self and the world’ and ‘Selbst-Kunst’ – the self as a dramatized persona);
memory, remembrance and the ego of perception;
the inevitability of subjectivity and the internal quality of coincidence;
with a lot of pictures and some essays;
with a guest column, quotes, and reflections (in the double meaning).
the site is updated weekly, do scroll around and follow; see here the latest posts.
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UvA (University of Amsterdam, Slavonic Department) Guest lecture, 14 October 2014 at 14:00, guests are welcome
unreal estate #1 ksenia galiaeva guest curator alex de vries
opening sunday 5 october from 16.00 – 18.00 hrs
introduction by alex de vries, independent author and curator
exhibition runs until 7 november 2014
During the exhibition two thematic dinners will be organised in collaboration with Charlotte Koopman (Otark, an
Antwerp-based food collective). The lectures will be reflected in the menu.
Friday Oct 31 from 6.30 PM onwards ‘After 8’ – looking in the dark and the role of doubt in perception
Friday Nov 7 from 6.30 PM onwards ‘Mouse in Summerhouse’ – personal methaphores and their holding capacity.
my work at Fries museum:
Horizonnen/Horizonts – 13 September 2013 – 17 August 2014
New Acquisitions – 27 June – 17 August 2014
UvA (University of Amsterdam, Slavonic Department) Guest lecture, 7 October 2013 at 15:00, guests are welcome
solo exhibition: Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, 25 may – 29 june 2013
During the exhibition two thematic dinners will be held in collaboration with Otark, a food collective based in Antwerp. ‘Autobiographical Fiction’ will give a taste of the narrative of identity, family myths and the ego of perception. ‘After Eight’ will be about looking in the dark – the role doubt plays in one’s imagination and the way it triggers memory to produce associations.
The dinners will take place at the gallery on June 27th (After Eight) and June 28th (Autobiographical Fiction’).
Jan van Eyck Academie openings exhibition, from 27 march 2013
Lokaal 01, Breda – from 20 april 2013
Spiegelrefleksies 2, Extrapool, Nijmegen – 28 april 2013
Longlist Prix de Rome 2013
12 x 12, WINE AND DREAMS OF ART, library exhibition, van Abbemuseum, NL; 22 january – 05 april 2013
Exhibition and workshops (Autobiographical fiction) at non/fiction Moscow Book Fair, 28 november – 2 december 2012
Collage met driehoeken/Collage with Triangles - a text about the mechanics of associations and forms of suggestive space, illustrated with icebergs, funnels, Bergson’s time-cone and a rose, haiku’s and Daniil Charms.
written for an artists’ book of Ans Verdijk, august 2012
UvA (University of Amsterdam, Slavonic Department) Guest lecture on Russian Photography during the last lecture of UvA seminar series on Russian Culture & History, at which guests are welcome. 18 October 2012, Bungehuis 4.01, 15.00-16.30 pm.
review (in Dutch) ”UNTER DEM BAUM” 2 / Ksenia Galiaeva at ICM Haarlem - on PhotoQ by Han Schoonhoven
Clouds over Mt Fuji - a set of ‘Japanese postcards’
15 postcards, edition of 65
2012, Tokyo, with support by Mondriaan Fonds
15,- at ICM Haarlem, Atelier Solarshop Antwerpen, or Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Workshop on Clouds (in Japanese folding screens) – Space for interpretation in non-linear storytelling at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, April 2012
In Museum Tijdschrift, Favorieten uit het Stedelijk door Kees Keijer, januari 2012
3 december 2011 t/m 8 januari 2012
G.A.N.G. presenteert Proeftuin
‘De tuin vertegenwoordigt een plek waarin de wereld gekend en begrepen kan worden’ (Prof. Erik A. de Jong)
Frank Bruggeman, Citysalad (Tanja Koning en Nele Vos), Club Donny (Samira Ben Laloua, Frank Bruggeman, Ernst van der Hoeven), Ksenia Galiaeva, Anne Geene, Eric Jan van de Geer, Joost van Hezewijk, Dorian Hiethaar en Robbie Lee Buck (Dorian Hiethaar en Ellen van Eldik), Peter Krijnen, Jolanda Muilenburg, Zeger Reyers, Ester van de Wiel, Edwin Zwakman
Tentoonstelling in SHOWROOM ARNHEM, ingang Kleine Oord
Opening: Vrijdag 2 december om 16.00 uur door curator Flos Wildschut
Openingstijden: Donderdag t/m zondag van 12.00 – 18.00 uur (toegang € 2,-)
Zondag 25 dec. en 1 jan. gesloten
Lecture (in Dutch) Time. Duration. Perception. Memory. Remembrance. Continuity. Repetition. Habit. Boredom. Escapism. Myth.
26 June 2011, 15:00, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Travelling exhibition VoTH
Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch 28/05 – 04/09 2011
VoTH is a cultural exchange project with the Russian Federation, initiated by Ine Lamers and Marjan Teeuwen (organization of the exhibitions and the catalogue Marjan Teeuwen/ KW_14). The core of the exhibition VoTH will be an endeavour to investigate the way 8 Russian and 8 Dutch contemporary art practices analyze and reflect upon aspects of Russian contemporary society, culture and history.
All artists created new work for this exhibition. Intensive and numerous movements to and from this immense country form.
Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre: 20 August – 23 September 2010
Hermitage Kazan (with support from DSM/ DNP): 3 October – 17 October 2010
NCCA Jekaterinburg: 27 October – 20 November 2010
Moscow MOMA : 17 December 2010- 23 January 2011
Yaroslavl Art Museum: 18 February – 27 March 2011
Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch/ CBK ’s-Hertogenbosch: 28 May – 4 September 2011
Participating Dutch artists are: Paul Kooiker, Daya Cahen, Paulien Oltheten, Natasja Kensmil, Aliona van der Horst, Jasmijn Visser, Ine Lamers, Marjan Teeuwen. Participating Russian artists are: Ksenia Galiaeva, Andrei Roiter, Victor Alimpiev, Alexandra Demenkova, Provmyza, Arkady Nasonov, Chto Delat and Roman Wolgin.
Schermen/Wandschirme, in collaboration with Lucia Luptáková
1-2 of May 2010 at LIA, during the Spring Gallery Tour at the Spinnerei, Leipzig
Metropolis M review book Dacha by Ingrid Commandeur, 25.01.2010
From January 2010 to July 2010 I am an artist in residence at LIA International Artist Programme in the Spinnerei, Leipzig, with support by Fonds BKVB
Book ‘Dacha’ is OUT
Hardcover, 177 x 237 mm
136 pages, 147 colour photos
Text (in English) by Ksenia Galiaeva
Graphic design by Stout/Kramer
Printed by Tuijtel
Edition 500, special edition 12
The publication was made possible by Fonds BKVB and Materiaalfonds.
To order the book (€ 32,60 incl. tax) please contact Ksenia or Ellen de Bruijne Projects.
Read the story written for the book here.
Book Fairs 2009 with Artists’ Books Johan Deumens
November 5 – November 8 2009
Editions/Artists’ Book Fair
Location: 548 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenue (x/formerly dia) New York.
Artists’: Kasper Andreasen / Annasas Appel / Christiane Baumgartner / Charlotte Dumas / Edition Jacob Samuel / Anett Frontzek / Ksenia Galiaeva / Ulay & Abramovic / Hans Scholten / Peter Spaans / Sarah van Sonsbeeck / Aline Thomassen / herman de vries
December 4 – December 6 2009
Location: Centre Pompidou – Paris
Artists: Laurence Aegerter / Kasper Andreasen / Annesas Appel / Abramovic & Ulay / Christiane Baumgartner / Henze Boekhout / Pavel buchler / Cloude Closky / Charlotte Dumas / Ksenia Galiaeva / Paul Heimbach / Louis Lüthi / Tine Melzer / Martin Peulen / Picaron Editions / Hans Scholten / Sarah van Sonsbeeck / Peter Spaans / Alicjia Werbachowska / Luuk Wilmering / herman de vries / editions by Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica.