Irina Zadorozhnaia

Based in St. Petersburg, Russia

I’m interested in illusions, gaps, deformation, errors. Area of my research is altered state of consciousness in the context of the concept of possible worlds. I am building visual mazes to interact with the viewer.

My goal is to create such a visual situations for the beholder, so that he could physically experience the phenomenon that I investigate.

One of the main methods is an abstraction as a practice of concentration on the issue. My work always takes into account the medium through which the statement is made. I explore and challenge the boundaries of photography as a medium. In my practice I shift the perspective to discover a gap in the familiar and mix different genres to make them relate to each other.

Zadorozhnaia is represented by FotoDepartament Gallery.


  • 2013-2015  — FotoDepartament.Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • 2011 — several photo workshops (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • 1999–2003 — The National University of theatre, cinema and television of Karpenko-Kary (Kiev, Ukraine)

Solo exhibition:

Group exhibitions:

  • 2017 «Journey to Jess» within the festival of contemporary photography «Presence II» ( «Berthold Centre», St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • 2017 «Relapse of Private» (National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia)
  • 2016 «Peach garden. Installation» within the festival of contemporary photography «Presence» ( «Taiga» space, St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • 2016 Cosmoscow Art Fair (Moscow, Russia)
  • 2016 «Machine. Evidences» as part of «Photoparade in Uglich» (Uglich, Russia)
  • 2015 «The Observer Effect» project presented at «Experiences of Brownian Motion» in The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography (Moscow, Russia)
  • 2015 «Construction. Photography in search of approach» as part of «Photoparade in Uglich» (Uglich, Russia)
  • 2015 «The Photobook Show» at Athens Photo Festival ’15 (Benaki Museum, Athen, Greece)
  • 2014 «Sam Izdam» (Modern Young Culture Center «Floor», Novosibirsk, Russia)
  • 2014 «Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair» (Siberia Expocentre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
  • 2014 «Photobook Week Aarhus» (Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark)
  • 2014 «Institute.Production» («Smena» gallery, Kazan, Russia)
  • 2014 «I’mpressed» ( «Taiga» space, St. Petersburg, Russia)


  • 2017 «Machine» within the project "Aplitude №1"
  • 2016 «Machine»
  • 2015 «The Observer Effect» dummy
  • 2014 «The drill charted a point and bore a hole. Input — output. Where is the creature: inside or outside?»


  • 2017 — «Machine» within the project "Aplitude №1" has been shortlisted for Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2017
  • 2016 — «Machine» has been shortlisted for 2016 Gomma Grant
  • 2015 — «The Observer Effect» has been shortlisted for 2015 Unseen Dummy Award (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • 2015 — «The Observer Effect» has been shortlisted for Spine Dummy Award 2015 (Stockholm, Sweden)