Video portrait MITEC by Nata Katerinenko

Nikita Shalenny (b. 1982) resides in Dnipro, Ukraine where  and works with such media as painting, drawing, video, photography and installation. He graduated from the Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, department of Architecture and worked as an architect and a lecturer at the Academy before beginning full time career as an artist in 2011. The same year he was nominated on Pinchuk Art Centre prize and in June, 2015 he was awarded the Winner of the Best Installation Prize, ArtVilnius’15. In November 2018 at the Geneva International Film Festival his work was selected in nomination “The International Immersive Works”. Works of Shalenny can be found in collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, and numerous private collections in Europe.

Selected exhibitions

–  “The Bridge. VR”, group project, Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), Geneva, Switzerland. November 2 – 10, 2018.

– “The Bridge. VR”, group project, 61st DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, DOK  Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany. October 29 – November 4, 2018.

– “The Bridge. VR”, group project, PERSONAL, International Interdisciplinary Exhibition, Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia. 5 October – 29 December, 2018.

– “The Bridge. VR”, group project, Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China. 25 September – 5 October, 2018.

“The Bridge. VR”, group project, VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival, Hamburg, Germany. June 7 – 17, 2018.

“The Bridge. VR”, group project, “Back to Nature!” in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, Salon Berlin. Museum Frieder Burda, Berlin, Germany. April 13 – August 18, 2018.

“The Bridge. VR”, group project, “When Art Meets Science”, I Love Science Festival. BOZAR – Brussels Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium. April 27 – 29, 2018.

“The Bridge. VR”, group project, “If So, What?. Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA. April 26-29, 2018.

“Siberia”, group project, “Motherland in the Art”, curator Agnieshka Sakhar. MOCAK, Krakow, Poland. April 26, 2018.

“Siberia”, group project, “Permanent revolution”. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary. April 6 – June 24, 2018.

“The Bridge. VR”, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH: DOX. Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. March 15-25, 2018.

“Penetration”, personal exhibition. Artsvit, Dnipro, Ukraine. October 19 – December 02, 2017.

“The Bridge. Object”, Fifth Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, curator Mikhail Rashkovetsky. Factory of Champagne Wines, Odessa, Ukraine. August 26 – September 30, 2017.

“The Brain”, group project, “Art work. ARTWORK “, curator Alisa Lozhkina, Eva Sulek. Arts Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine. June 29 – July 30, 2017.

“Penetration”, personal exhibition. CLOSER, Kyiv, Ukraine. April 12 – May 16, 2017.

“The Most Delicious American Mushrooms”, personal exhibition. SABSAY, Copenhagen, Denmark. December 1, 2016 – February 18, 2017.

“Siberia”, group project, “Horizon of events”, curators Oleksandr Solovyov, Alisa Lozhkina. Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine. October 27 – November 27, 2016.

“Where is your brother?”, group project, “Art and Life”. Center for Persecuted Arts (Kunstmuseum), Solingen, Germany. Curators Jürgen Kaumkötter, together with Delfin Yalovik, Monika Kozyol, Maria Anna Pototskaya. March 5 – June 11, 2017.

“Where is your brother?”,group project, “Medicine in art”. MOCAK, Krakow, Poland. May 22 – October 2, 2016.

– “Collection. First step “, curator of the exhibition. Artsvit, Dnipro, Ukraine. November 2015 – February 2016.

“Lectorium”, project from several parts. Locations: public places in Dnipro (facade of the house, roof, water); Art Kyiv Contemporary X. MYSTETSKIY ARSENAL, Kiev, Ukraine. August – September, 2015.

“Siberia”, International Fair of Contemporary Art Cosmoscow’15. Moscow, Russia. September 2015.

“Siberia”, Third Danube Biennale. Bratislava, Slovakia. August – October, 2015.

“Siberia”, International Fair of Modern Art Artvilnius’15. Vilnius, Lithuania. June 2015.

– “Four projects”, personal exhibition. Artsvit, Dnipro, Ukraine. March 2015.

– “Contemporary Ukrainian Landscape”, group project, “Long way to freedom”. Ukrainian Institute of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA. November 2014.

“The 4-th entrance”, personal exhibition, curator Konstantin Doroshenko. National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine. October – November 2014.

– “Contemporary Ukrainian Landscape”, the second Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Art Arsenale’14. Curators George Shelhammer and Hedwig Saxenhüber. MYSTETSKIY ARSENAL, Kyiv, Ukraine. August – September, 2014.

“A house for a snakes and a rabbits”, a festival of audiovisual art “Constuction”, public place. Dnipro, Ukraine. October 2014.

“Album about War”, International Fair of Contemporary Art Cosmoscow. Central Manege, Moscow, Russia. September 2014.

“The Catapult”, “Open City” festival, public place. Curator Jerzy Onukh. Lublin, Poland. August 2014.

“Where is your brother?” And “The Catapult”, group exhibition “I’m a drop in the ocean”, Curators Konstantin Akinsha and Alisa Lozhkina. Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria. Then the project moved to the Museum of Contemporary Art MoCAK. Krakow, Poland. April 2014.

“Where is your brother?”, Personal exhibition. Artsvit, Dnipro, Ukraine. December 2013 – February 2014.

– “Loneliness”, exhibition of PAC UA’12 Awards nominees. PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine. October 2011 – January 2012.


Participant in the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) conference. Geneva, Switzerland, 2018.

Participant in the conference at the second Virtual Reality & Arts Festival. Hamburg, Germany, 2018.

Ukrainian Art Now: Spaces of Identity examines the cultural dimensions of the social reload that found its expression in the revolutionary Maidan events of November 2013-February 2014.
Organised by: Svitlana Biedarieva and Klara Kemp-Welch (The Courtauld Institute of Art).