ALENA KAKHANOVICH (1985)

Alena Kakhanovich is a visual artist and photographer born in Belarus. Currently, she lives in Warsaw. She works on long-term visual projects bordering on photography, psychology, and art. In her work, she deals with issues related to transformation in times of crisis. She focuses to show processes happening in the inner worlds of people. The photos she makes reflect the poetry of melancholy, its magnetism, and its beauty.

Alena is a member of the Belarusian Association of Photographers.
Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and international festivals, including the Helsinki Photo Festival in Finland, the Kolga Photo Award in Tbilisi (Georgia), Month of Photography in Krakow (Poland). Moreover, she has exhibited her photographs in important art spaces such as the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art (Japan), Center for Contemporary Art (Belarus), and several galleries in Europe such as Galerie Huit in Arles. Alena’s works are in the collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art in Japan.

AWARDS:

2020 - 3rd place & three Honorable Mentions - International Photography Awards Lucie Foundation 2020

2020 - Winner - LensCulture Critics’ Choice Awards 2020

2020 - Honorable Mention - PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020

2020 - In the shortlist - PHmuseum 2020 Mobile Photography Prize

2020 - Winner - OpenWalls Arles 2020 , British Journal of Photography & 1854 Media

2020 - Finalist - Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan

2019 - In the shortlist - “MESH” - Vancouver, Canada

2019 - Finalist - Millennium Images #FotoRoomOPEN, UK

2019 - Finalist - Kolga Photo Award 2019, Georgia

2019 - Finalist - Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan

2018 - Finalist - Critical Mass 2018, Photolucida  - Portland, OR, USA
2018 - Finalist - Helsinki Photo Festival - Helsinki, Finland

2017 - In the summer shortlist - «Fotofilmic 2017» - Vancouver, Canada

2017 - In the longlist - «PRAFOTA» - Minsk, Belarus

2016 - In the summer shortlist - «Fotofilmic 2016» - Vancouver, Canada

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2017 - «Granny’s House», curator - Pawel Bowniccreative space «Belarusian House» -  Warsaw, Poland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2020 - OpenWalls Arles, Galerie Huit Arles, France 

2020 - Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan

2019 - URBAN Photo Awards 2019 - Monastero di Santa Maria in Valle, Cividale del Friuli, Italy

2019 - Kolga Photo Award 2019 - Tbilisi, Georgia

2019 - Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Japan

2018 - «From Helsinki With Love», curator - Rafael Rybczynski, Helsinki Photo Festival - Helsinki, Finland

2017 - group exhibition of the Academy of Photography within the Month of Photography -  Krakow, Poland

2016 - Best Photography Academy Graduates, curator - Joanna Kinowska, «Gallery officyna art & design» - Warsaw, Poland

2016 - «Crisis? What crisis?», group exhibition of the Academy of Photography within the Month of Photography -  Krakow, Poland

2015 - «Arteria», Center for Contemporary Art - Minsk, Belarus

PUBLICATIONS:

«LensCulture» magazine, 2021 

«The Guardian» magazine, 2020 

«Неизвестная галерея» («Unknown gallery»), 2020 

«PHmuseum» magazine, 2019

«MAKEOUT» magazine, Minsk 2017

«i-D, VICE», Warsaw, 2017 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (2018, 2019)