Valentin Sidorenko was born in 1995 in the small town Gornyak, which is situated in Altai Krai on the border of Russia and Kazakhstan, where the scenery is full of the endless expanse. He graduated from VGIK — Russian State University of Cinematography with a major in Animation and Multimedia (Moscow, Russia), also he graduated from Fotografika — the Academy of Documentary and Art Photography (St. Petersburg, Russia).

He works with documentary films, photography, and animation. All these practices come down to one thing for him — shamanism. ‘ The story wants to be told. But its main thing is the air.’
Sidorenko adores digging through the discovered archives and plays the detective. He scans for interesting people in the streets and writes his dreams down. Also, in collaboration with Carolina Dutca they are reminiscing about fairy tales.

If it weren’t art, Sidorenko would work as a train conductor.
Valentin Sidorenko was born in 1995 in the small town Gornyak, which is situated in Altai Krai on the border of Russia and Kazakhstan, where the scenery is full of the endless expanse. He graduated from VGIK — Russian State University of Cinematography with a major in Animation and Multimedia (Moscow, Russia), also he graduated from Fotografika — the Academy of Documentary and Art Photography (St. Petersburg, Russia).

He works with documentary films, photography, and animation. All these practices come down to one thing for him — shamanism. ‘ The story wants to be told. But its main thing is the air.’
Sidorenko adores digging through the discovered archives and plays the detective. He scans for interesting people in the streets and writes his dreams down. Also, in collaboration with Carolina Dutca they are reminiscing about fairy tales.

If it weren’t art, Sidorenko would work as a train conductor.
Awards and Grants

2021.

Winner, Fondation François Schneider, Contemporary Talents 10th (France)

Winner, PRIX Les Nuits Photo (France)

Shortlist, Vantage Point, Sharjah Art Foundation (United Arab Emirates)

Winner, People in Need Grant (Czech Republic)

Winner, Documentary Film Festival Chesnok (Moldova)

Winner, Reunion Calling, Festival of Photography and Arts PhEST (Italy)

2020.

Winner, Grant Solidarity Fund for Independent Artists, Oberliht Association (Moldova)

Shortlist, Laurel Branch Award (Russia)

Winner, People in Need Grant (Czech Republic)

Special mention, Urbanautica, Sacred: The experience of beyond

2019.

Shortlist, International Photography Grant

Shortlist, Festival de Photographie Les Nuits de Pierrevert (France)

2018.

Shortlist, International Photography Grant

Shortlist, Bird in Flight Prize. Readers’ Choice Award (Ukraine)

Exhibitions

2022.

Fondation François Schneider, Contemporary Talents 10th (France)

Grand Manege Rochambeau, Vendome (France)

2021.

Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Russia)

Vantage Point, Sharjah Art Foundation (United Arab Emirates)

Golubitskoe Art Foundation (Russia)

Reunion Calling, Festival of Photography and Arts, PhEST (Italy)

Zerno Gallery, Saint-Petersburg (Russia)

2020.

Frappant Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)

2019.

OFF Bratislava, Festival of Contemporary Photography, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Sauvage Gallery, Arles (France)

Center of Photography Mart, Ekaterinburg (Russia)

2018.
LoosenArt Gallery, Rome (Italy)
Fotografika Gallery, Saint-Petersburg
Festivals

2021.

Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Batumi (Georgia)

Documentary Film Festival Chesnok, Chisinau (Moldova)

IDFF Artdocfest, Riga (Latvia), Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ufa (Russia)

Artist and Public Talks

2020.

with Carolina Dutca, Academy of documentary and art photography Fotografika, Saint-Petersburg (Russia, online)

2019.

with Carolina Dutca, Academy of documentary and art photography Fotografika, Saint-Petersburg (Russia)

Education
2013 — 2019. Russian State Institute of Cinematography, Faculty of Animation and Multimedia, Moscow, Russia
2017 — 2018. Academy of documentary and art photography Fotografika, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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