BIO


Ksenia Simakova is documentary photography artist born in Samara, Russian Federation. Economist-mathematician Diploma of Samara National Research University. Researching in photography since 2003 including couple of years practicing with analog photography process. Graduated in Photography school under Mikhail Musorin guidance. The Russian Union of Art Photographers member since 2013.

Ksenia documenting reality using photography, to demonstrate the value of the world around and to help viewers feel right here and right now. Photographic works mainly focused on reality to screen spontaneous harmony of nowadays and research visual metaphors of being, using documentary approach. With curiosity and admiration she is using photography as metaphorical visual language full of symbolism. In her work Ksenia makes accent on personal character of people, making honest portraits and stories in natural environment of local communities.

Ksenia was awarded and honored in international and national photographic contests, for example: Selected as 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2020 by Artpil, Honorable mention in 11th international photography competition "Young people in the 21st century" 2019 (Kaunas, Lithuania), participant of exhibition "Absences" curated by Loosenrt 2018 (Rome, Italy), Nominee in Photojournalism in The 2017 edition of Photogrvphy Grant (London, UK) etc. Works were exhibited in more than 20 cities in Russia, Italy, Lithuania, were included in more than 30 exhibitions.



CV


Ksenia Simakova
Born: 10 october 1992
Based: Samara, Russian Federation
E-mail: photo@kseniasimakova.com

Professional associations:
The Russian Union of Art Photographers member since 2013

Education:
2020 Olga Ingurazova online mentorship program
2017 Andrey Gordasevich workshop (Moscow, Russia)
2015 Svetlana Pozharskaya masterclass (Moscow, Russia)
2013 Vladimir Vyatkin workshop (Plyos, Russia)
2012 Jonas Staselis masterclass (Cheboksary, Russia)
2009 - 2015 Graduated in Photography school "Samara" under Mikhail Musorin guidance
2009 - 2014 Diploma economist-mathematician of Samara National Research University
2004 - 2006 Working with analog photography process in Photography school "Samara"



Awards:


30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2020 selected by Artpil
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Moscow, Russia
Honorable mention in 12th international photography competition "Young people in the 21st century", Kaunas, Lithuania


Honorable mention in 11th international photography competition "Young people in the 21st century", Kaunas, Lithuania


Gold medal, IIDelphic games of CIS countries, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Silver medal, VI Delphic games of Russia, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Nominee in 2017 edition of Photogrvphy Grant (photojournalism), London, UK
Gold medal of international photocontest "Hope", Kaluga, Russia
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Moscow, Russia


Gold medal of national photocontest "Samara's view", nomination "Events", Samara, Russia
Gold medal of national festival "Youth of Russia"
Diploma of V Delphic games of Russia, Tyumen, Russia
Gold medal of international photocontest "Hope", Kaluga, Russia
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers", Pushchino, Russia


Gold medalin nomination "Winners" of contest "World through the eyes of young"
Gold medalin nomination "Nature" of contest "World through the eyes of young"
Bronze medalin nomination "People" of contest "World through the eyes of young"
Bronze medalin nomination "Free theme" of contest "World through the eyes of young"
Silver medal, IV Delphic games of Russia, Orel, Russia
Bronze medal, Delphic games of CIS countries, Orel, Russia
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Pushchino, Russia
Diploma of international photography competition "Young people in the 21st century", Kaunas, Lithuania


Winner of "The Best of Russia" project, Moscow, Russia
Laureate of open photocontest "Polar perspective", Norilsk, Russia
1-st stage winner of Nikon photocontest 2014-2015
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Ples, Russia


Silver medal, II Delphic games of Russia, Novosibirsk, Russia
Silver medal, VIII Delphic games of CIS countries, Novosibirsk, Russia
1-st stage winner of international photocontest "Photomania", Baltic Biennale Photography, Kaliningrad, Russia
Short-list mention in contest "Point on the map. Towns of the Russian province", single nomination, Uglich, Russia
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Ples, Russia


2nd Prize of national photo festival "Youth of Russia", Moscow, Russia
3rd Prize in time-limited shooting competition "Young Russian photographers", Cheboksary, Russia
Diploma of second international photofest "Contatti Togliatti fotolaboratorio", Togliatti, Russia


Bronze medal, Delphic games of Russia, Tver, Russia
2nd Prize of national photocontest "Samara's view", Samara, Russia
Finalist of "Young Russian photographers" contest, Kazan, Russia


Gold medal, national photo festival "Youth of Russia"
Silver medal, I Delphic games of Russia, Moscow, Russia
1st Prize in time-limited shooting competition "Photocross", Samara, Russia


Diploma, VIII Delphic games of Russia, Samara, Russia

Exhibitions selectively
(group):


11th international photography competition "Young people in the 21st century" exhibition in "Akropolis", Kaunas, Lithuania, series "World Cup 2018"


"Absences" exhibition curated by LoosenArt in Millepiani exhibition space, Rome, Italy
Contemporary art market exhibition in Formogramma gallery, Samara, Russia


II Delphic games of CIS countries, Ekaterinburg, Russia
International photocontest "Hope", exhibition in Innovative cultural center, Kaluga, Russia, series "100 years old Mary"
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition in Russian State Library for Youth, Moscow, Russia, series "100 years old Mary", series "This mad world"


National photocontest "Samara's view" exhibition in New Space gallery, Samara, Russia, series "100 years old Mary"
V Delphic games of Russia, Tyumen, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition, Pushchino, Russia


"World through the eyes of young", Samara, Russia
Delphic games of CIS countries, Orel, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition, Pushchino, Russia
International photography competition "Young people in the 21st century" exhibition in Kaunas, Lithuania, series "On the way"


"The Best of Russia" project winners exhibition in Contemporary Art Center WINZAVOD, Moscow, Russia
"Polar perspective" photocontest exhibition, Norilsk, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition, Ples, Russia


VIII Delphic games of CIS countries, Novosibirsk, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition, Ples, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition in Vilnius Gallery of Photography, Vilnius, Lithuania
"Three views" exhibition in Museum of Art Nuveau, Samara, Russia
Exhibition of photoschool "Samara" graduated and students, New Space gallery, Samara, Russia


"Youth of Russia" national photo festival exhibition, Moscow, Russia
"Contatti Togliatti fotolaboratorio" second international photofest exhibition, Togliatti, Russia


Delphic games of Russia, Tver, Russia
National photocontest "Samara's view" exhibition in New Space gallery, Samara, Russia
"Young Russian photographers" contest finalists exhibition in Kazan, Russia


"Youth of Russia" national photo festival exhibition
I Delphic games of Russia, Moscow, Russia


VIII Delphic games of Russia exhibition in New Space gallery, Samara, Russia



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