About

  • Photo: Lida Bondarenko

    Design: Aksana Zinchanka

    Maxim Sarychau (b. 1987) is a photojournalist and visual artist, lives and works in Minsk, Belarus.

    Maxim works on long-term photographic projects where he refers to the topics of violence of various forms and grades, both from totalitarian authorities or within traditional society. Another important topic which concerns Maxim is the living beings’ rights. His attempts to equalize values of life of human beings and animals pushes Maxim’s works into the field of ethics, law, politics and humanity.

    Using variety of artistic approaches (video, experimental photography, multimedia and others), Maxim works on discovering new forms of visual storytelling on the edge of video and photography.

    Maxim graduated from various photography educational courses and programs in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia including CECH (Andrei Polikanov, Yuri Kozyrev, Tatyana Plotnikova, Stanley Greene), ISSP (Adrian Kelterborn, Anna Fox), FotoDepartament (Nadezhda Sheremetova).

    Maxim is a member of collective LЁD, group of artists from Belarus that work on projects on intersection of photography, video, art and text.

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  • Employment

    Working on personal projects and on freelance assignments for local and international media and NGO. He was published in Der Spiegel, Meduza, Gare de l'Est, The Verge, Cicero, Fluter, Tages Woche, Global Citizen, Publico. Also he works with international organization Amnesty International (UK).

  • Exhibitions and screenings

    2017

    • Space of Diffusion / 17.05 - 16.06.2017 / "Stolen Days" / Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia

    • Baltic Bienalle of photography / 25.05 - 25.06.2017 / "Blind Spot" / Kaliningrad, Russia

    • Kolga photo festival / 07.05 - 31.05.2017 / "404: Not Found" / Tbilisi, Georgia

    • "Lunch" video / "Cinema Perpetuum Mobile" International Short Film Festival, Minsk, Belarus

    • Solo exhibition "Blind Spot" / 17.02.2017 - 08.03.2017 / CECH gallery, Minsk, Belarus

    • Solo exhibition "Stolen Days" / ... - 12.03.2017 / Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius, Lithuania

    • "404: Not Found" project / Vilnius Photo Circle photo festival / 24.02.2017 - 25.02.2017 / (Lithuania)

    2016

    • "Fortress Europe. East Bastion" group exhibition / 08.12 - 22.12 / Space KX, Brest, Belarus

    • Solo exhibition "Stolen Days" / 01.12 - 12.03.2017 / Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius, Lithuania

    • "Watch the news!" project with Alexey Naumchik / 20.11 - 21.11 / Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

    • "Salon d'Automne" art-fair / 06.10 - 30.10 / Palace of Art, Minsk, Belarus

    • "Talks about politics. Critical art in Belarus in 10-x" group exhibition / 14.10 - 30.10 / DK "Delai Sam", Moscow, Russia

    • "Acquired Reflex" project by LЁD Collective / 09.09 - 09.10 / Month Of Photography in Minsk photofestival (Belarus)

    • Tbilisi Photo Festival, "A hello to arms!" screening (Georgia)

    • "Belarusian Photography - PRAFOTA" group exhibition / 29.07 - 09.10 / Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, Russia

    • Photofestival of Young Russian Photographers, "PRAFOTA" exhibition (Russia)

    • "3rd Documentary Photography Days" photofestival, "A hello to arms!" screening (Turkey)

    • "PRAFOTA" award group exhibition (CECH, Belarus)

    2015

    • Screening of best projects on portfolio-review (Taiga space, Russia)

    • "A friend with two paws" multimedia screening (Istanbul, Barcelona, Braga, Moscow, Minsk, Grodno, Vitebsk, Kazan, Budapest, Krsko)

    • "Closer than close" group exhibition (CECH, Belarus)

    • "Transition" international group exhibition (Y-gallery, Belarus)

    2014

    • "Prafota" award group exhibition (CECH, Belarus)

    • "Photovisa" international photo contest, multimedia screening (Russia)

    • "Vilnius Photo Circle" international photo festival, open air exhibition (Lithuania)

    • "Process" group exhibition (CECH, Belarus)

    2013

    • "Warsaw Photo Days" international photo festival, personal exhibition (Poland)

    • "Vilnius Photo Circle" international photo festival, open air exhibition (Lithuania)

    • "Food Not Bombs" multimedia screening at film festivals (Vilnius, Warsaw, Moscow, Krsko, Poznan)

    2012

    • Expositions of winners of "Belarus Press Photo" contest (Minsk, Grodno, Vilnius, Krakow)

    • Screening of winners of "Belarus Press Photo Multimedia" contest (Minsk, Grodno)

    2011

    • Group-exhibition "Daily life" (Minsk)

    • Travelling group-exhibition "Human Rights and Civil Society in Belarus" (Berlin, Prague, Dresden, Zurich)

  • Awards

    2017

    • "Baltic Bienalle of Photography", Grand-Prix at Free category (Russia)

    • "Kolga Photo Festial", finalist (Georgia)

    2016

    • "Vilnius Photo Circle", international photo festival, finalist (Lithuania)

    • "Cinema Perpetuum Mobile" International Short Film Festival, best Belarusian film (Belarus)

    2015

    • "Prafota" award, Grand-Prix at ART category (Belarus)

    • "Piter Foto Fest" photo festival, Grand-Prix in "Multimedia" category (Russia)

    • "Belarus Press Photo" contest, Grand-Prix (Belarus)

    2014

    • "Prafota" award, finalist with 3 projects in Documentary category (Belarus)

    • "Photovisa" international photo contest, 2nd place in Multimedia category (Russia)

    • "Vilnius Photo Circle", international photo festival, finalist in section for young photographers (Lithuania)

    • "Belarus Press Photo" contest, 1st prize at "Nature" (series) category, 1st and 3rd prizes at Nature (single) category, 1st prize at Mobile category

    2013

    • "Warsaw Photo Days" international photo festival (Poland)

    • "Vilnius Photo Circle", international photo festival, finalist in section for young photographers (Lithuania)

    • "Warsaw Photo Days" international photo festival, "Open Program" competition (Poland)

    • "toKino" film festival, 1st prize, section "The Right to Speak" (Lithuania)

    2012

    • Site-specific exhibition in a sleeping district (Belarus)

    • "Belarus Press Photo" contest, "Nature" category, 3d place (Belarus)

    • "Belarus Press Photo Multimedia" contest, 2nd place (Belarus)

    • "Golden Camera" international photo awards, diploma in "Conceptual photography" category (Ukraine)

  • Artist talks and lections

    • 2017 – Lection "Reveal the hidden. Between journalism and art" at CECH gallery (Belarus)

    • 2017 – Vilnius Photo Circle international photo festival (Lithuania)

    • 2016 – Photofestival of Young Russian Photographers (Russia)

    • 2016 – Lecture at Belarusian State University, Journalism faculty

    • 2015 – Belarus Press Photo contest, presentation of album

    • 2015 – Belarusian State University, Journalism faculty

    • 2015 – "Transition" group exhibition, Y Gallery

    • 2014 – Vilnius Photo Circle international photo festival (Lithuania)

    • 2014 – International Summer School of Photography (Latvia)

  • Education

    • 2016 – Longterm course on documentary filmmaking (Belarus)

    • 2016 – Workshop on conflict photography by Christopher Morris (Belarus)

    • 2016 – FotoDepartament residency (Russia)

    • 2015 – International Summer School of Photography (Latvia), workshop by Anna Fox

    • 2015 – FotoDepartament Institute (Russia), Nadejda Sheremetova course

    • 2014 – International Summer School of Photography (Latvia), multimedia storytelling workshop by Adrian Kelterborn

    • 2013 – Long-term course on documentary photography by Yuri Kozyrev, Andrei Polikanov and Tatyana Plotnikov (Belarus)

    • 2013 – Workshop on documentary photography by Stanley Greene (Lithuania)

    • 2010-2011 – Course on photojournalism by Andrei Liankevich (Belarus)

    • 2004-2009 – Graduated with bachelor degree in Computer Science at BSUIR