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Oleg Savunov (b. 1983) is a photographer and visual artist from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His work integrates photography, video, and mixed media to explore intimacy in visual examination through portraiture, architecture, and landscape. Through the formal aesthetic and stylistic neutrality, Oleg reveals the intricate nature of our shared and personal fascination with photographic imagery and clearing space for the viewer to think independently about the questions of visual perception, the socio-cultural implications of landscape, and self-reflectivity. He explores and examines the techniques of visual investigation in photography as they relate to philosophical, conceptual, and existential ideas to see how the past shapes the present and to determine how a multi-layered visual narrative can convey information beyond the capacity of language. Oleg graduated form Moscow State Pedagogical University in 2006 with a law degree, then studied press photography at the Faculty of Press Photographers of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2012) and continued his education at the Fotodepartament Institute in Saint-Petersburg, where most of his current interests were developed (2015). Oleg is currently in his third year of the MFA program at Stanford University. Oleg’s work was exhibited in Russia, Spain, Italy and US and published in magazines, like Amuse, InRussia, The Guardian, F-Stop, Calvert Journal, GEO, and The Village.


Contact Information:

+16502837609
o.savunov@gmail.com


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CV

Oleg Savunov

Born in 1983, Leningrad, Russia

Currently lives and works in Palo Alto, CA


Education


2020
Stanford University, Master of Fine Art, Art Practice Candidate 2023, CA, US

2012
Saint Petersburg House of Journalists, Press photographer diploma, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2006 
Master in Law, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia

Solo Exhibitions
2022
[de]constructed landscape, Uppermarket gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

Group Exhibitions
2022 
"Ultraviolent"  pop-up exhibition, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US
Second Year MFA Exhibition, Coulter Gallery, Stanford, CA, US
2021
First Year MFA exhibition, Stanford Art Gallery, CA, US
2019 
"Blooming" international digital art festival, Pergola, Italy
"Presence" international contemporary photography festival, Berthold Center, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2018 
"Spacing" group exhibition, Quartariata art residency, Petergof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2014 
"Institute.Production" group exhibition, Center of Contemporary Culture "Change", Kazan, Russia
"Red eye effect" group exhibition, Fotodepartament Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
"Young photography" group exhibition, Don State Public Library, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
2013
"On the block" group exhibition, New Holland exhibition space, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
"Young photography, Selected" group exhibition, Baltic Photography Biennial "Photomania", Kaliningrad, Russia
2012 
"Below The Surface, Young Photography" group exhibition, Mayakovsky Public Library, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Catalonian Institute of Photography (IEFC), First overseas group exhibition of St.Petersburg Faculty of Press Photographers, Barcelona, Spain


Awards and Residencies

 
2023
Anita Squires Fowler Memorial Award in Photography
Headlands Center for the Arts’ Graduate Fellow
2022
Pauline Brown Fund Recipient for Advanced Research in American Art, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2022 
“Artist Grant” 2nd place grant recipient, https://artistgrant.org/
2021
Pauline Brown Fund Recipient for Advanced Research in American Art, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2017
HIAP Art Residency, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
2012
"4.10" project, shortlist "Viewbook Photostory 2012: Small Stories" competition

Publications

2021
"Ozersk" Calvert Journal magazine
2018
"Amendment 64" Inrussia Magazine
2017 
"Amendment 64" Amuse 
"Failed Interference" Landscape Stories 
"Phantasm Figure" project, F-Stop Magazine
“Nepal” GEO Magazine
2015 
"Failed interference" project, New Landscape Photography Blog
“Inside the zone: otherworldly scenes from a Russian film set” Calvert Journal
"Inside the zone" The Guardian
2014 
"An island story" Calvert Journal
2013 
"On the Block" The Village magazine
2012 
"4.10"  PHOTO/arts Magazine, Self Contained