Аля Есипович

Was born in Leningrad, graduated from the State University of Arts and Culture major in Cultural Studies and Art-expertise. Alla Esipovich is the prize-winner of the competition «Se-Zam 2002» for the series «Portraits» in «SPb.Sobaka.ru» where she was the head of the photo-department in 2000–2004. Since 2003 actively exhibited in Russia and abroad. Was included in the Portfolio «Russian Contemporary photography» for the exhibition «Russia», New-York, Guggenheim Museum. Participated in more than 60 exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Her works are in the collections of Russian and foreign museums and private collections in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.


Since 2008 curator of the large corporate collection of Soviet porcelain. Porcelain and painting collector of the first quarter of the twentieth century (SPb – Petrograd).
2016 – curator of the exhibition “Petrov-Vodkin’s circle” in the State Russian Museum, the coordinator of the edition prepared for the exhibition (Petrov-Vodkin’s circle. Authors of articles: Eugenia Petrova, Alexandr Borovsky, Olga Musakova. – Palace Editions, SPb. – 2016).
Lives and works in St. Petersburg.

special projects

2013 – Is published the complete album of Alla Esipovich THAT’S IT. The first presentation of the book will take place in the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

personal exhibition

2010 – Personal exhibition “No Comment”, Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam.

2009 – Participation in the International Festival of the Moscow House of Photography Museum (Multimedia art museum)

«Fashion and Style in Photography», personal exhibition «Marriage» in Zurab Tseretely Art Gallery, Prechistenka, 19, Moscow (catalogue)

2008 – personal exhibition in Museum „Galerija Kloviсevi dvori“, Zagreb, Croatia.

2007 – personal exhibition “Sandbox” Angel Orensanz Center, USA

2007 – personal exhibition “The Men In My Life”, Fifth International Festival: Fashion and Style in Photography 2007, Moscow, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalogue)

2007 – personal exhibition, NNOV, The exhibition “Storytellers”, Nizhniy Novgorod

2006 – personal exhibition photo-video installation, Marina Gisich Gallery, Saint-Petersburg

2006 – personal exhibition Kunsthaus Oberkassel, Mikhael Zaevits Gallery, Germany

2006 – personal exhibition in MAYA POLSKY GALLERY, Chicago, USA

2006 – personal exhibition in Galerie OREL ART, Paris, France

2004 – personal exhibition «No Comment», The Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, Ludwig museum in the State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg (catalogue)

2003 – personal exhibition in «Pervaja Linija» Gallery, Saint-Petersburg

group exhibition

2016-2017 – participation at exhibition Not formal portrait. Art of XX centery.VDNH. Pavilion #59 Corn, Moscow. (catalogue).

2015- participation at exhibtion New acqvisitions. 1998-2014. The State Russion museum. (cataloque).

2014 – participation at exhibition Playing the circus,MoMMA, Moscow. (catalogue)

2014 – Participation at exhibition Family partrait, Russian museum. (catalogue)

2013 – Participation at exhibition Beauty without glamour, Russian museum. (catalogue)

2013 – Participation in exhibition Mother Russia Alla Esipovich, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Olga Chagaoutdinova, Sasha Rudensky, curated by Steve Bisson. The Salt Yard, 169 Wai Yip Street Hong Kong, China (catalogue).

2012 – Participation at the exhibition Russian contemporary art 1950-2011, Italy (catalogue)

2012 – Participation at the exhibition «The dog of dogs»The new exhibition hall of the State Museum of Urban Sculpture Saint-Petersbugr

2011 – Participation at the exhibition “From the Contemporary art Department (new)” with works from the “No commet” series. The State russian museum.

2011 – Participation at the exhibition “L’Arte Contemporanea in Russia 1950–2011 opere scelte da una collezione privata” withe the No comment series. Opening 22th Desember at 18.00 (Palazzo Caetani. Fondi (LT), Corso Appio Claudio, 11)

2011 – Participation in exhibition HEUTE RUSSLAND, Nadyj Brykina Gallery, Zurich (catalogue)

2011 – Participation in exhibition Orel Art Gallery 10ANS, Paris (catalogue)

2011 – Participation in the Biennale Wasser, Bad Breisig (Germany) with the No comment series. (catalogue)

2011 – Participation in exhibition RUSSIAN SENSUALITY, organized by ALEXANDRE GERTSMAN CONTEMPORARY ART
652 Broadway, New-York, USA. (catalogue)

2011 – Participation in the contemporary art exhibitions Gateways and Doors with the work from series Happiness, The State Russian Museum. (catalogue)

2011 – Participation with Olga Kisseleva, video KPD in “Focus Russia”,
Valladolid contemporary art museum, Spain.

2010 – Participation in the exhibition “La Scene Russe Contemporaine”, organized by Galerie OREL ART, near Paris, France. (catalogue).

2010 – Participation in the exhibition RAPPEL – Les Russes! Portrait photographique russe. 1970-2010. Galerie OREL ART, Paris, France (catalogue).

2010 – Participation in the exhibition Evolution of the Russian photography from the middle 1970 to 2010th, LES RENCONTRES D’ARLES, Arle, France. (catalogue).

2010 – Alya Esipovich and Olga Kisseleva with the video project “Double life”, MNAC, Bucharest, Rumania.

2010 – Participation in the exhibition Photographer of the new Russia. 1990-2010. Presented by The Moscow House of Photogaphy (Multimedia art museum). Paris, France. (catalogue)

2010 – Participation in the GOGOLFEST with video “Star of the scene”, Kiev, Ukraine.

2010 – Participation in the exhibition FUTUROLOGY. Alya Esipovich and Olga Kisseleva with the video project “Double life”. GARAJ, Moscow. (catalogue).

2009 – Participation in the final exhibition “Kandinsky prize” 2009, Moscow

2009 – Participation in the yearly Spring exhibition of Russian Artist’s Union, S.-Petersburg (catalogue)

2009 – Participation in the Project exhibition Russian’s Landscaper, Namur, Belgium (catalogue)

2009 – Participation in the Selections from the Claude and Nina Gruen Collection of Contemporary Russian Art, Zimmerli Art Museum, USA

2008 – 2009 – exhibition From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Chelsea Art Museum, New-York (catalogue)

2008 – Participation in the Charity project Art-Stroyka, Moscow (catalogue)

2008 – Rauma Biennale Balticum 2008 Flower Power, Finland (catalogue)

2008 – exhibition Power of water, The State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg.

2007 – exhibition “I Believe” , gallery complex “VinZavod”, (preliminary of the upcoming 2 Moscow Biennale), Moscow (catalogue)

2007 – Central House of Artists, exhibition “Artist’s Diary”, (Marat Guelman gallery and preliminary of the upcoming 2 Moscow Biennale), Moscow


2006 – Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2006 – Participation in the Forum “Art Fair”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2006 – participation in the Forum “Cologne Fine Art”, Cologne, Germany

2006 – The Sixth International Festival of the Moscow House of Photography (Multimedia art museum) “Photobiennale 2006”, project “Happiness”, Bolshoj Manege, project “Star of the Scene”, The Central House of Artists, Moscow (catalogue)

2005 – The Fourth International Festival of the Moscow House of Photography “Fashion and Style in Photography”, project “Sandbox”. Museum of Modern Art in Ermolaevsky per., Moscow (catalogue)

2004 – group exhibition “The Beauty of Darkness”, Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam, where the works by Roger Ballen, Boris Mikhailov, Nobojshi Araki where also exhibited, The Netherlands

2004 – Participation in the forum “Photofair”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2004 – “Summer Show”, Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2004 – Participation in photographic biennale “Photokina-2004”, Mikhael Zaevits Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2004 – The 38th International Forum of Modern Art “ART-Cologne”. Within the framework of the project of The State Russian Museum, Germany (catalogue)

2004 – exhibition from the collections of The State Russian Museum “Kandinsky and Russian Soul”, Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy (catalogue)

2002 – Participated in the joint exhibition with American photographer Deborah Turbeville in the State Museum of History of Saint-Petersburg.


2015 – Moscow, MMOMA, Charity Aucton for Center Anton’s Right Here with the suppot of Phillips de Pury & Company. Represented work from series Happiness.

2011 – Miami, FAAM (Fine art auction in Miami), was sold one work from the Star of the scene seriese.

Lot 133, $6.500.

2010 – Moscow, Charity Auction with the support of Phillips de Pury & Company. Represented works from series «No comment». (catalogue).

2008 – two works from series HAPPINESS and one from series STAR OF THE SCENE was sold in Sotheby’s Auction Russian Art, New York
lot 323, $13.750

2008 – London, Phillips de pury Two works from series Sandbox was sold in Phillips de major Auction
Contemporary art Day sale (lots 418, 419 4.375 £ per a one)

2006 – participation in the yearly Russian Art Sales Sotheby’s, New-York; the work from the series «No Comment» was hammered at a price of $4,600


The State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine art, Moscow

The State Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow

The Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow

The Museum and Estate “Petergof”

Zimmerly Art Museum, USA

Kolodzei Art Foundation, USA

Private collections in Russia, Germany, The Netherlands, The USA