“I am particularly interested in reviewing portfolios that challenge the boundaries of photography by combining it with multimedia or mixed media experiments. I appreciate to see conceptual projects and works that relate to the history of art. Due to my many years of experience as a curator and book editor, I can also offer advice on how to edit and present a finished body of work.”
Irina Chmyreva is Co-founder and Artistic Director of PhotoVisa, Russia’s largest, international photography festival outside Moscow. Since 2008, PhotoVisa has taken place every October in the cities of the Krasnodar Region near the Black Sea. From 2020, the festival will be transformed into a biennial, consisting of an extensive exhibition program, international portfolio review, multimedia projections, lectures, workshops and an international juried contest. The PhotoVisa contest is, however, still annual and free of charge, it is announced on the website.
Irina has curated more than a hundred exhibitions worldwide. Over the years, she has collaborated with several state and private museums in Moscow and other Russian cities, where she has presented both national and international contemporary artists.
From 2011 to 2015, she was the senior curator of Project in Support for Photography in Russia run by the IRIS Foundation. Irina was also part of the international team of curators who organized the FotoFest 2012 Biennial Contemporary Russian Photography: 1950s-2012 in Houston, USA.
In 2014, Irina was a jury member for the Hasselblad Award. Furthermore, she was a member of the international editorial board for the independent art magazine European Photography for twelve years.
Since 2008, Irina has been working as a leading researcher (Ph.D.) at the Russian Academy of Arts, National Institute of Theory and History of Art, Moscow. She teaches photo editing and visual communication in Russian and foreign high-schools and university programs.
As Photo Editor, Irina has been involved in several book projects and has published a great number of portfolios in different offline and online resources.