I’m Ksenia Kuleshova, a Russian photographer based both in Germany (NRW) and Belgium (Antwerp). Occasionally I’m in Russia because of my projects or visiting family.
I graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) with a degree in public relations. After winning a Russian PR competition, I worked on the agency side for several years, but then decided to move to Germany and pursue photography. I’ve completed Bachelor in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover by Prof. Rolf Nobel.
In 2012 I was awarded a scholarship at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German political foundation. It's a great honor for me and I'm thankful for all the talented and outstanding people who I got a chance to meet through this program. In 2017 I was selected to be a representative for all international scholarship recipients at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
My work has been published in The New York Times, GEO France, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Lens blog, DIE ZEIT, ZEIT Online, ZEIT leo, among others.
I'm the participant of the 6th annual New York Portfolio Review and The Joop Swart Masterclass 2018, the winner at TIPC 2017 and PDN Photo Annual 2017, LHSA Grant recipient and VG-Bild Kunst Scholarship recipient.
I believe that our world needs another approaches, perspectives and solutions. My work is an attempt of trying to find something positive even in the worst situations.
I’m currently enrolled in the master’s program “Photographic Studies” at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund.
I am always inspired by the strength of people's characters and a passion for life, love, the aesthetics of beauty, art and traveling.
2018 - JOOP SWART MASTERCLASS WORLD PRESS PHOTO, 2018 - 6th annual New York portfolio review , 2018 - 30 under 30/WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS, 2017 - LHSA Grant (International Leica Society), 2017 - Tokyo International Photo Competition 2017, 2017 - PDN Photo Annual, 2017 - Otto-Steinert-Preis 2017, 2017 - Belfast Photo Festival, 2017 - Photogrvphy Grant 2017, 2017 - International Photographer of the year (IPOTY), 2017 - Schömberg Photo Festival, 2016 - VG-Bild Scholarship, 2015 - Kreatives Wertpapier Award, 2013 - South Tyrol Media Award, 2012 - Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung scholarship, 2011 - Welt Kompakt Digital Reportage Award, 2010 - Presidential Youth Advacement Award (Russia), 2009 - AllRussian national competition for students in PR