Irina Chmyreva, Ph.D.
PhotoVisa International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia
Irina Chmyreva is co-founder and art director of PhotoVisa, the leading and largest international festival of photography in Russia. The annual festival includes exhibitions, a portfolio review, multimedia projections, lectures, workshops, and a ceremony for their internationally juried award. The festival announces the main theme and opens its award contest in the Spring of each year. It occurs in October, and takes place in the Krasnodar region near the Black Sea.
In addition to her work at PhotoVisa, Chmyreva is a writer, curator of exhibitions, and researcher. For the past eight years, she has been a senior researcher for the National Institute of Theory and History of Art within the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow, Russia. From 2011 until 2015 she held the position of Senior Curator of the Project In Support for Photography in Russia, run by the IRIS Foundation. She has written a monthly column since 2007, published in FOTO&video magazine-the only professional printed publication of its kind in Russia.
In 2012 she was selected to be on the international team of curators for the 2012 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, TX, which focused on Contemporary Russian Photography. She is a member of the international editorial board of EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY magazine, and in 2014 she was a jury member of the Hasselblad Award. As a photoeditor, she has been involved with several book projects, and published numerous portfolios in different printed and digital resources. Over her career, she has curated over one hundred exhibitions across the world, and has lectured at many international festivals and universities.
Chmyreva is mostly interested in reviewing portfolios that open the boudaries of photography, including multi-media and mixed media experiments, and appreciates seeing conceptional projects and works that connect with art history. She can offer advice on how to edit and present work, both in exhibitions and in publications, and is hoping to find work for exhibition at the PhotoVisa Festival or for publication in one of the resources she works with.