As a teacher of history holding a candidate’s degree in historical sciences, Andrey Kachalyan began his artistic practice in the 2010s while studying documentary photography at Moscow’s Rodchenko Art School, where he now teaches a course on video.
He also studied video and video installation at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He has worked in the media archive at Garage since 2018.
Andrey’s practice focuses on fictionality, mixing reality and fiction and blurring the boundaries of the documentary. He will discuss how a randomly discovered way of telling a story becomes a method of creating an artwork, how a director becomes the protagonist of their own film, and how a first-person manifesto is turned into communication with a generation of filmmakers oriented toward the “confessional genre.” He will also reflect on whether it is worth combining work with art and whether teaching video helps or hinders creating his own videos.