Natalya Reznik was born in Perm (Russia) in 1981. She studied design and philosophy in Russia and photography in Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin (postgraduate course of prof. Ute Mahler and Ingo Taubhorn). In her work Reznik explores such topics as age, family, loss and trauma combining documentary and conceptual approaches.

Some of her projects (Virtual Acquaintances, Needful Things, A Stolen Archive of Otto Steiner) reflect political and social issues of Soviet and Post-soviet Russia (emigration, problems of elderly people, politics of Russia in the Soviet time). Natalya’s other projects such as “Looking for my father” or “Hope” are focused on her private family issues (aging and sickness of her grandmother or loss of her father).

Natalya was art photography tutor at the Fotodepartament Foundation. Besides her practical activity, she works as an art critic (in 2008 she got Ph.D. in philosophy of culture in St-Petersburg State University) and writes texts on photography. She is the author of texts for Goethe-Institute, Calvert Journal, VASA Journal, Urbanautica etc.

Natalya took part in the exhibitions in Moscow (Photobiennale), Saint-Petersburg (Young photography, organised by Fotodepartament), Perm (Perm Museum of Contemporary Art), Ekaterinburg (National Centre for Contemporary Arts), Paris (organised by Maria Inc.), USA (Parsons School of Design), Brazil (FestFoto), Portugal (Festival Encontros da Imagem), Poland (Warsaw PhotoDays) etc. Natalya was selected as the best young artist of Moscow Photobiennale 2010.

In 2014 Natalya published her first photo book “Secrets” reflecting her own experience of emigration. Her second photo book “Looking for my father” about divorce of herparents was published in 2016. The books were selected for several international festivals and photo book shows. The recent photo book “Hope” about her grandmother (hand-made collector’s edition) was published in 2019. The books were selected for several international festivals and photo book shows and are in private collections in different countries.

Since 2011 Natalya is based in Germany (Erlangen).

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