PHOTOGRAPHY

ABOUT

Ksenia Les (born in 1988) is a Russian documentary photographer based in Berlin. She works on long term projects with the focus on social issues in the countries of the former Soviet Union and explores a shift of the East-European identity beyond the stereotypes.

 

I am a Russian documentary photographer based in Berlin. Moving abroad gave me the opportunity to see my home country, and the mentality of its people, from another perspective/angle. I started working on projects with the focus on social issues in the countries of the former Soviet Union and explore a shift of the East-European identity beyond the stereotypes. My work has been published in News Deeply, NEON, NIDO, Taz.die tageszeitung , Yet magazine, Hintergrund magazine, 6mois, Replica, Deutsche Bahn Magazine and among others. I also was commissioned by Hilfe für Kinder, International Bilderbuch Festival, Refugio - Berliner Stadtmission and German - Kyrgyz social startup KANCHA. 

I was one of creators and an editor of OSTLOOK - an online magazine for contemporary photography and other visual practices with the focus on Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet states.

 EXHIBITIONS AND NOMINATIONS

2018

Upcoming: 20 - 24 June - "The chosen Family" will be exhibited at the Lumix Festival, Hannover, DE
2-11 March - "The chosen family" is a part of "The ones and the others" in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2017

3rd place in Vonovia Award in the category "Best Photoseries"
October 2017 - July 2018 European Journalism Fellowship by Freie Universität Berlin and Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Selected for NOOR Masterclass, Berlin, DE

2016

"The Dreamers" are part of the group exhibition in Maison de la Fotografie, Lille, FR

2015

"The Dreamers" are part of the 9th Bienalle of Photography in Poznan, PL
Finalist of Poznan Photography Award
“Mutching Funds” Scholarship by DAAD
Screening “Taxim ist überall” BERLiSTANBUL Festival, Berlin, DE

2014

Group Exhibition „Confetti for Rostock", Marta Herford Museum, Herford, DE
Group Exhibition “Chapter 2”. Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, DE
Selected for the International workshop “Chapters” between Slovakia, Germany and Finland

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