Nikita Shokhov

Nikita Shokhov (born Kamensk-Uralsky). Graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles) and the School of Photography and Multimedia. Rodchenko. Working with VR, video and photography, Shokhov focuses on the duality of human nature: body and mind, science and religion, sexuality and politics. Lives and works in Russia and the USA.

COLTA , Yeltsin Center , Saltimages , L’OFFICIEL RUSSIA , Art.Art , Rodchenko School , Bird in Flight ,

  • 2019 – Finalist of the Nova Art Award, Russia.
  • 2019 – Diversity Grant, manufactured by Klaxon. CalArts, USA.
  • 2018 – Lillian Disney Scholarship, USA.
  • 2018 – Cosmoscow Foundation, Russia.
  • 2017 – Grant of the Puffin Foundation, New York, USA.
  • 2017 – Indiana Humanities Grant, USA.
  • 2016 – Summer Residence at Watermill Center, New York, USA.
  • 2016 – Prize for Young Photographers of the Union of Photography of Russia, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2015 – Silver Camera Award, Russia.
  • 2014 – World Press Photo Award. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Personal exhibitions:

  • 2021 – “The Last March”, collaboration with Naum Medov. Cube.Moscow, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2021 – “The Last March”, collaboration with Naum Medov. Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
  • 2020 – “Scan: Klaxon”. Gallery 11.12. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2019 – Klaxon. CalArts Bijou Fest. Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2019 – Ice. Anhydrite Biennale of Media Arts. Barbarossa Höhle, Germany.
  • 2018 – “Scan: Where is the carnival going”. Moscow City Museum. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2017 – “The Last March”, collaboration with Naum Medov. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2017 – Screening of “Ice” at the ARTDOKFEST Film Festival. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2017 – Scan. Gallery Alvitr. Yekaterinburg, Russia.
  • 2015 – Religious Procession. Baltic Biennale of Photography. Kaliningrad, Russia.
  • 2015 – Children: Personal Space. Gallery of Peresvetov. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2014 – “Night Moscow”. Moscow Biennale of Photography. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2013 – “Holidays at the Black Sea”. Biennale of Fashion and Style in Photography. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2012 – “Empty Hills. Space of Joy ”Iragi Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2012 – Sochi. City of the Future Olympic Games ”. Festival “White Nights”. Perm, Russia.

Group exhibitions:

  • 2020 – “Mobius Loop” from astra gallery. Spring / Break Art Show. New York, USA.
  • 2019 – “Dear Angel”. Redcat. Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2019 – LAST DODO, CalArts Digital Expo. Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2019 – “LAST DODO”. CalArts Winter Sessions Lab. Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2018 – Show “Moscow-New York”. EEP Berlin. Berlin, Germany.
  • 2018 – “SCAN”, 8th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • 2016 – “ICE”, FADA: House of Madness “. Watermill Center, Water Mill. New York, USA.
  • 2015 – Sacred Procession. Baltic Biennale of Photography. Kaliningrad, Russia.
  • 2015 – “GAZ. Hope”. 6th Moscow Biennale. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2015 – Borderlands. Gallery of Russian art and design. London, Great Britain.
  • 2014 – Twelve Reflective Photographers. Manifesto 10. Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 – Young. Gallery GUP. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 2014 – “Moscow. Baroque”. Gallery “Triumph”. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2014 – “An artistic invention of oneself and pure enjoyment of life and love.” Austrian Cultural Forum. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2014 – Muscovy. Research “. All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2013 – “Stability. Ghosts. ” Random Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2013 – Trash. RuArts Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2013 – Happy Ending. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2012 – “Stone Flower”. National Center for Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2011 – “Life in motion”. International Center for Photography. New York, USA.

All author's works

Black Sea

A beach holiday at a Black Sea resort was a part of the Soviet visual canon, a vivid postcard picture: from prestigious holidays in Gagra, to overcrowded beaches and “Artek” shifts. With the collapse of the USSR and the fall of the Iron Curtain, one would have expected a decline in the popularity of Russian resorts, but, as the author observes, today they continue to attract huge flows of tourists. Although some of the more prestigious resorts are developing their infrastructure, the picture remains unchanged since the Soviet times: Nikita Shokhov’s photos show the same forms of leisure and types of people depicted in those of his predecessors from the second half of the 20th century. “Black Sea” is a visual exploration of everyday life during the holiday season: an attempt to track down and mark the traditions of beach culture established in the USSR. Shokhov embarks on a journey along the Black Sea coast, which begins in a stuffy economy-class sleeping car on the Moscow-Anapa train, and continues in the hippie-infested Utrish and Olympic Sochi.

Utrish series

Located in the Northern Black Sea coast, near Anapa, the Bolshoi Utrish Nature Reserve is an area of dense juniper-pistachio forests, mountainous promontories jutting into the blue of the sea and spacious pebble beaches. From the 1960s it became a favorite nudist destination, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, nudist culture experienced a dramatic rise in popularity. Nikita Shokhov visited Utrish to see how beach holiday traditions have changed in the 21st century. He sought out his characters here, among the nudists, and invited them to take part in a staged photo shoot. The resulting portraits are stories of freedom, Crimean summer and a life reminiscent of an ancient myth, far removed from modern reality.
The series was awarded the World Press Photo Prize in 2014.

Moscow Nightlife

At night the city is transformed, its geography and the appearance of its inhabitants change: the back door and the front door change places, poverty and wealth, friendship and animosity merge until they become indistinguishable, with new law enforcers and guardians of order asserting themselves. It seems that the richer the city, the more opulent and darker its underside, the more resolutely it renounces itself in order to dissolve into merriment. It is a carnival in which base desires, ambitions and ostentatious luxury win out. Shyness is replaced by an all-consuming tenderness; joy is transformed into a trance. For five years Nikita Shokhov has been documenting the nightlife of the capital, selecting its most striking moments. The result is a series which reflects the socio-demographic cross-section of Moscow’s population. Having visited parties of varying character and composition, Shokhov compiled a gallery of types: from strippers to street florists and from Viennese ball attendees to hipsters – shaping the capital’s nightlife culture. Here time stands still, a fierce effort is made to create a relaxed, open atmosphere, and a mask reflects the true essence of the person.