Irina Chmyreva, PhD & Maria Goldman
Curator, Project "In Support For Photography In Russia", Iris Foundation, Moscow
Art-Director, Photovisa International Photo Festival, Krasnodar, Russia


Irina Chmyreva has been the art-director of International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA in Krasnodar, Russia since the festival began in 2008. She joined the project “In Support for Photography in Russia” at the IRIS Foundation in 2011. Within the Project, she was one of the curators of “International Portfolio Review in Moscow for Russian Photographers 2011” Project (in collaboration with FotoFest).

Before the Project, she held the position of head researcher in photography at Moscow Museum of Modern Art since 2003 and at ROSIZO State Center for Museums and Exhibitions, Ministry of Culture of Russia since 1999.

Since 2007, she has been a senior researcher at State Research Institute of Art Theory and History at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. She is a member of international editorial boards of photography magazines, including European Photography (Germany) and Fotografia Kwartalnik (Poland) and has published articles in specialized photography magazines including FOTO&video (Russia), Aperture (USA), PHOTO (France), and Eyemazing (Netherlands). She writes for the books and albums of Russian and foreign artists.

Ms. Chmyreva was an assistant professor in the Department of Art Book Design at Moscow State University of Printing Arts from 1999 to 2012. In 2014 she was a guest professor in High School of Economics in Moscow.

She has curated a great number of exhibitions of contemporary and classical Russian photography and contemporary art. She is ranked among the three Russian curators of the main exhibition program of International Biennial of Photography FotoFest 2012 in Houston, which was focused on contemporary Russian photography.

Many of the artists represented within the program of PHOTOVISA festival were discovered at portfolio reviews. She publishes the portfolios of foreign artists in Russian magazines and web-resources and can introduce artists to the Russian art stage.

Masha Goldman
Director for Foreign Programs

Masha Goldman is the co-founder and director of foreign programs of the festival PHOTOVISA. She worked as a photographer since late 1990s. In 2001 moved to Israel to study photography. In 2003 returned to Russia and together with two other photographers founded the non-profit organization VivaPhoto (2004), a platform for PHOTOVISA Festival. Ms. Goldman is the author of curatorial texts and exhibition concepts. She can offer artists opportunities in the festival exhibitions, lectures and projections programs, as well as opportunities in the PHOTOVISA In Between Program of workshops and lectures.