Sasha Kurmaz • Feb 2019
The interventions and photographic works of Sasha Kurmaz are disturbing, provocative and break the monotony of familiar modes of perception. For the artist, photography is not only an instrument to reflect and explain life, but also aims to explore the potential of art and thereby to change our understanding of society. Photography becomes a mediator, a link between artist and public, the starting point for something more important.
Sasha Kurmaz, born 1986 in Kiev, studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kiev and received his bachelor's degree in design in 2008. He began his artistic work as a graffiti artist. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions and festivals, including the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2013), the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2013), the Künstlerhaus Vienna (2014), the Saatchi Gallery in London (2015), and the Festival international de mode et de photographie in Hyères, France (2016). His works can be found in numerous international newspapers and magazines such as Foam, YET, Vice, Libération, Krytyka Polityczna, Bloomberg Businessweek and Rolling Stone. In 2015 he was awarded the ARTE Creative Award at the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. 2016 in Berlin with Talents Awards from C/O Berlin. Sasha Kurmaz lives and works in Kiev.