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

2022.

Shortlist, Prix Photo Herez Corpo, France

Winner, Contemporary Photography Funding, The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany

Shortlist, Vantage Point 10, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

2021.

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

Winner, Prix Les Nuits Photo, Freelens, France

Shortlist, Vantage Point 9, 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.

Winner, Point on the Map, Possibility of the future, Russia

Shortlist, International Photography Grant

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

Exhibitions

2022.

Vantage Point 10, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Contemporary Talents 10th, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France

Evolutionary Symphony, Elektrozavod Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2021.

Thinking Hands, Touching Each Other, Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Vantage Point 9, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The World is Overflowing with Either Rubbish or Our Memories, Golubitskoe Art Foundation, Russia

Reunion Calling, Festival of Photography and Arts, PhEST, Monopoli, Italy

Constructor_Fathers, Zerno Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2020.

Dealing with Memory, Frappant Gallery, EEP Berlin, Ostlook, Hamburg, Germany

2019.

Between, OFF Bratislava, Festival of Contemporary Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

Red Stars, Sauvage Gallery, Arles, France

Detective, Center of Photography Mart, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2018.

Memories, LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy
Borders, Fotografika Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Screenings

2022.

Jakarta International Photo Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France

Promenades Photographiques, Grand Manege Rochambeau, Vendome, France

Nizina Multimedia and Photobook Festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2021.

Les Nuits Photo Festival, Paris, France

2019.

Festival de Photographie Les Nuits de Pierrevert, Pierrevert, France

Film Festivals

2021.

Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Batumi, Georgia

Documentary Film Festival Chesnok, Chisinau, Moldova

International Documentary Film Festival Artdocfest, Latvia, 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