valera and natasha cherkashin


Valera and Natasha Cherkashin are established Moscow artists who have been working together since the early 1990s. Since the 1960s and the first conceptual acts of Valera were documented in his native Ukraine, performance and photography have been the media of expression. The artists are recognized for their photography and video, performances and installations throughout Russia, the United States and Europe. Major museums and institutions worldwide collect their works.

Since 1999, the Cherkashins have been working with digital photography and video. In 2005 they began work on their present project, Global Underground, which takes its first images from the New York City subway. A virtual subway is created which makes stops around the world from Moscow, New York, Stockholm, Beijing, London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo. Today’s unique digitally produced photographs and video projects document the similarities and differences found in underground rail transport systems around the world. The resultant images reflect the complexity and luminosity that draw the viewer into a virtual time and space. The combined evolution of the Cherkashin’s work and the technical advances in photography create a new order of transformation.

Valera was born in 1948 in Kharkhov, Ukraine and began living and working in Moscow in 1980. Natasha comes from a family of diplomats and was born in 1958 in Syria. The artists have participated in more than 80 individual exhibits and over 40 performances. Their work has been the subject of 30 television programs and over 250 publications.


First art happenings

Began making drawings and paintings.

First exhibition in Kharkov together with Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Klim.

First exhibition in Moscow

Developed conceptual museum "The Cherkashin Metropolitan Museum".

Awarded grant from the Foundation of Social Innovations, USA, "New Leaders of Russia".

Began work on the theme of "Travel as Art".

Began work on the theme of "Mirages of Empires".

Began work on the theme of "Favorite Portraits of People in the World".

Received a four-month grant from Japan Foundation to live and work in Japan.

The Cherkashins begin to work with digital production with the assistance of MFA Photography and Related Media Department of the School of Visual Arts, located in New York City.

Received an award as from Creative Magazine and The Union of Journalists.

Began work on "Global Underground" project.

selected personal exhibitions

Monuments, Kultproekt Gallery, Moscow 

Transportation Evolution, Dubai Experience, World Trade Center, Dubai 

The End of the Epoch, Center of Photography behalf of the Luimer Brothers, Moscow 

Project Global Underground, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University

Valera & Natasha Cherkashin, Barbarian Art Gallery, Zurich

PASSAGE: Moscow — Bilbao, Valera and Natasha Cherkashin / Ima Montoya, WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

Global Underground, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

Metro in Art & Art in Metro
, Project Global Underground, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Zurab Gallery)

Global Underground, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC

The Night with a Pioneer Worker, Glaz Gallery, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow

XV International Festival "Month of Photography in Bratislava", Slovakia

Futurism & Nostalgia,Great Neck Arts Center, New York; Gallery of Martha Schneider, Chicago, Illinois

Real and Unreal New York, Union of Photo Artists, Moscow

Sport in Arts. Aphrodites of Russia, Municipal Art Center, Athens, Greece (Stella Art Gallery).

Fountain of Friendship, Indian Cultural Center, Moscow

Moscow, Putin's Era, Columbia University, New York

Favorite Portraits of People in the World, Fleet Bank, Empire State Building, New York

From USSR to Russia, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania

Supremacist Meditation, Intersection, Kara Kurum, Mongolia

Mirages of Empires, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (catalog)

Empires. Details, Municipal Art Gallery Phoenix, Moscow

Mirages of Empires, Russian American Cultural Center, New York

From USSR to Russia, International Center of Photography, Shadai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"Empires": Russia Past and Present, Together with Bill Wright and Steve Yates, Irving Arts Center, Dallas, Texas

Mirages of Empires, PhotoEspana 2000, Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain (catalog)

Goodbye Favorite European Portraits: Hello Euro, World Bank Headquarters Atrium Pool, Washington, DC

Presentation, International House of Japan, Tokyo

Goodbye Favorite Portraits of European People, Municipal Art Gallery Phoenix, Moscow

The End of the Epoch. Installation, The World Bank, Washington DC     

Russia/America: Mirages of Empires, Chevy Chase Art Center, Washington DC

Favorite Portraits of People in the World, Citibank, Washington DC

Mirages of Empires, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania

USSR Atlantis, Swimming pool, University of Maryland

The End of the Epoch, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany (catalog)

Moscow Washington, Carnegie Moscow Center, Moscow

The Mystery Play of Berlin, The Goethe Institute, Moscow

Moscow, the End of the Epoch, The Ford Foundation, Moscow

Press and Art, the German Embassy, Moscow

Mirages of Empire, The Russian House, Berlin

Memorial to Memorial, Russian Cultural Center, Budapest

German Atlantis, Underwater exhibition, Olympia Stadium, Berlin

Russians and Americans Brothers Forever, Together with Steve Yates, Municipal A 3 Gallery, Moscow (catalog)

Travel as Art.  Under and Above,  Municipal Art Center "Rama Art", Moscow

Moscow's Red Square in Santa Fe, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (catalog)

The Silver Century, Central House of Writers, Moscow

Under Cover, IBM Office, Moscow

The Cherkashin Metropolitan Museum and Collection of Sotsrealism, Kremlin, Palace of Congresses

Presentation of The Cherkashin Metropolitan Museum, A-3 Gallery, Moscow (catalog)

Excavations and Reconstruction of the Ancient World, Middle of the Twentieth Century,  Museum of Paleontology, Moscow

The End of the Epoch, the 90s, Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow 

Funeral of the Epoch, On the grounds of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Branch of the Academy of Science in Noginsk, Chernogolovka.      

The Maltese Embassy, Moscow

The Museum of Architecture, Moscow

"Pravda" Publishing House,  Moscow

Lithographic Studio of the Moscow Union of Artists,  Moscow 

selected group exhibitions

Fotofest San Martin, Buenos Aries

Perestroika, Fotofest Huston, Texas

Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library, New York 

Portrait of 19 Million, Moscow Museum of Modern Art 

About Transparency. In the direction of Eternal Ice, Kashirka, Moscow

PIP, International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China 

New York, Then and Now, Moscow Museum of Modern Art 

The Icons of the 1990's, Center of Photography behalf of the Luimer Brothers, Moscow (Catalog) 

Art Palm Beach Fair, Florida 

Art Miami, Miami 

Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey

Barry Friedman Gallery, New York 

Festival Photovisa, Krasnodar Art Museum, Russia (Catalog) 

London Biennale 2010

Art Dubai, Barbarian Art Gallery 

Darvin Museum, Moscow 

Mythology of Fractal
, Gallery "Vector-A", Moscow 

Psychodelic, Gallery "Vector-A", Moscow 

Art about Art, the Russian State Museum, St. Petersburgh (Catalog)

Bridge Art Fair, Barbarian-Art Gallery, New York  

Behind the Wall- Eastern Europe before and beyond 1989, Nooderliht Photo Festival, the Netherlands (Catalog) 

Underground, Municipal Art Gallery at Solyanka, Moscow (Catalog) 

Sots art, Political art in Russia, Maison Rouge Gallery, Paris 

Dots, Museum of Modern Art, Rostov on Don, Russia (Catalog) 

New Angelarium, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Catalog)

From Analog to digital Photography. 7 years of, Yakut Gallery, Moscow

Art Moscow 2006, Partner Gallery

ARCO Madrid, Stella Art Gallery

Vienna's Fair, Stella Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Photo Biennale 2006, Central House of Artists, Moscow

Alternative Art of 60-90's, Central House of Artists, Moscow

IDEA Photographic: After Modernism, Museum of New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Moscow Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Museum of Russian Art, Ramad-gan, Israel (catalog)

Red Square in Photographs, State Historical Museum, Moscow

Photography Saves the World, Museum of Decorative Art, Moscow

Moscow in the period 1920-2000, Moscow's Museum of Contemporary arts (catalog)

Soviet & Post Soviet Sots Art & American Pop Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Minnesota (catalog)

The XX Century reflected in Covers, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Russian Constructivist Roots: Present Concerns, University of Maryland, University of New Hampshire; Dickinson College, The World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC (catalog)

From Rodchenko to our days, Museum of Photographic Collections, Moscow

New Russian Art, Works on Paper from Kolodzei collection, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Die Grosse Zurcher Ausstellung, Kunsthaus Oerlikon, Zurich

Contemporary Russian Art, Collection of Lis Junstrup and Jens Gregersen, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

New Acquisitions, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Collection of Olga Hirshhorn, Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC

New Photoart from Russia, Karlsruhe; Frankfurt; Hanover; Dusseldorf; Herten, Germany

4+4 Late Modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Art of Contemporary Photography, Central House of Artists, Moscow 

Underground Paradise, World Financial Center,  New York

Europe-America 500, Kolodzei Art Foundation, Seattle

Malevich Center, Museum of Paleontology, Moscow 

To Malevich, Karenina Gallery, Vienna (catalog)

Gala-Portrait, Municipal A-3 Gallery, Moscow

Modern Russian Art, London

Artists developing the style of Malevich, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Moscow in Cambridge, Cambridge, Great Britain

Traditions of Russian Paintings, Museum of Reconstruction, Moscow

Exhibition of Soviet Erotic Art, Kashirka Exhibition Hall, Moscow

Photo '89. 150 Years of Photography, Manezh, Moscow

One Hundred Artists from the Collection of T. and N. Kolodzei, Central Museum, Tashkent

First All Union Photo Festival, Manezh, Moscow

The House of Cinematography,  Moscow

Exhibition of Paintings "Spring-87", Soiuzvneshtrans, Moscow

Stankovaya Graphica on Malaya Gruzinskaya,  Moscow

Photo Objective and Life, Manezh, Moscow

Third All-Russian exhibition, Manezh,  St. Petersburg

Exhibition of Moscow Art, The Central House of Artists, Moscow

Sterligov's Group, Sterligov's Studio,  St. Petersburg

Student's Club of KAI, Together with Boris Mikhailov Vladimir Klim, Kharkov, Ukraine

selected museum collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art

Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, New Jersey

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Newseum, Washington, DC

The Library of Congress

New York Public Library

World Bank, Washington DC

State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Berlin

International Center of Photography, Tokyo


"Their earlier work was crowded, rough and handmade, infused with the gestural quality of a Robert Rauschenberg silkscreen. Today they work primarily with digital imagery and computers to manipulate and combine their images. Smudgy photos, paste, paint and ink on photo paper and newsprint, have given way to sensuous and fluid three dimensional spaces - still packed densely with imagery - printed digitally on shiny smooth metallic paper.".

Casper, Jim, Ballet and Sport photocollages by Natasha and Valera Cherkashin, 2006 Lens Culture and individual contributors, from the World Wide Web:


"While the Cherkashins do not rely on photomontage or any other single art form, they do combine the heroic subjects and values from the Soviet history, including its art. They excavate others ideas, symbols and styles from the history of the Russian avant-garde.".

Yates, Steve, Curator of Photography Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe., "Ideological Deconstruction/Cultural Reconstruction: The Anti-Modern Photographic installations of Valery and Natasha Cherkashin", Mirages of Empires, The State Russian Museum, 2002.


"For the Cherkashins, the city is a stage upon which a range of performances are enacted. Architecture and inhabitants are assimilated into each other; but the city as theater is not static.".

Earl, Edward W., International Center of Photography New York, "Shining Cities: The Work of Valera and Natasha Cherkashin", Futurism & Nostalgia, Great Neck Arts Center, Cherkashin Metropolitan Museum, 2005.

"Life was Tough, but Happy" (1.73 MB)

Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : BEIJING Subway  2005  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P 115 X 457,5 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Beijing Subway (Detail) SOLD
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : NEW YORK Subway 1  2005  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  56 x 166 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : MOSCOW Kievskaya Station  2006  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P 69 x 154 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Baker Street, London 2006 lambda print, metallic paper 43,2 x 100 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : MOSCOW Paveletskaya Station  2006  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P 69 x 154 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Ballet, Boxer 2005 Lambda print, Kodak Professional  Endura Metallic Paper, A/P 70 x 50 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Russian Beach 1, Detail  2004 Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P 50 x 70 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Ballet, Runner  2005  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  70 x 50 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Sport, Runner   2005  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  70 x 50 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Sport, Tennis  2004  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  70 x 50 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Sport, Gymnastics  2005  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  70x50 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Fountain, Laughter  2004  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  50 x 70 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Fountain, Soldiers  2004  Lambda Print, Metallic Paper, A/P  50 x 70 cm
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : Brochure  2000
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : World Bank Installation  2000
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : World Bank Installation  2000
Valera and Natasha Cherkashin : World Bank Installation  2000

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