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2016 - Earth Below My Feet: 1,2,3 places, Textile and Prints nomination, Professional Photography category,
            Russian Art Week, Lipetsk.
2016 - Draft: Honorable Mention in Still Life category, Professional,
            9th International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2016 - Gale: Honorable Mention in Abstract category, Professional,
            9th International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2016 - Gazing at the Glazing: Cover 1: Nominees in Abstract category, Professional
            9th International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2016 - Line: Nominees in Abstract category, Professional
            9th International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2016 - Split: 1 place, Decorative Art nomination, Professional Photography category,
            Russian Art Week, Novgorod.
2016 - Arona: 1 place, Textile and Prints nomination, Professional Photography category,
            Russian Art Week, Novgorod.
2015 - Transformation: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Special Effects, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Marcella: Honorable Mention in Editorial, Personality category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Set: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Still Life category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Warp: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Primitive 3: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Four Seasons: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2015 - Earth Below My Feet: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Architecture category, Professional,
            Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).
2015 - Cachito De Cielo: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Still Life category, Professional,
            Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).
2015 - Draft: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Still Life category, Professional,
            Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).
2015 - Primitive 3: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).
2015 - Station: Honorable Mention in Architecture category, Professional,
            8th Annual International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2015 - Vault: Construction 1: Nominees in Abstract category, Professional,
            8th Annual International Color Awards Competition (ICA).
2014 - La Vie en Rose: Honorable Mention in Nature, Sunset category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2014 - Matter-of-Factness: Honorable Mention in Nature, Trees category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2014 - Improvisations: Study 8: Honorable Mention in Nature, Trees category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2014 - Station: Honorable Mention in Architecture, Interiors category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2014 - Symbolic Structures: Second Prize in category Advertising Architecture, Professional,
            Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3).
2013 - Oblivion: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Landscape category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2013 - Mise en Abyme: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2013 - Oblivion. To Vasco da Gama: Honorable Mention in Architecture, Bridges category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2013 - Portraits of Moments: Honorable Mention in Advertising, Music category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2013 - Oblivion. Go by: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Places category, Spring 2013 International,
            Professional Women Photographers (PWP).
2012 - In the Snow: 1 place, Landscape nomination, Professional Photography category,
            Russian Art Week.
2012 - Vault. Construction 1: Honorable Mention in Architecture, Interiors category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2012 - Vault. Construction 1: Honorable Mention in Fine Art, Abstract category, Professional,
            International Photography Awards Competition (IPA).
2016 - III Moscow Photographic Salon, Gallery of Classic Photography. Moscow, Russia
Moscow Photographic Salon is an annual fair that brings together all participants of the Russian photography market – galleries, foundations and private collectors. This year the fair will be organized for the third time. It is still the only event in Russia presenting formulated offer in the field of photography and a clear system for standardization and assessment of photographic works. The Salon is positioned as an analog to world famous photographic fairs and aimed at establishing the Russian photography market and its integration into the global one.
Over the last years the fair that was initially purposed as a purely commercial affair has become an event contributing to development of an alternative view of photographic art and its history. Without any opposition to photographic institutions established in Moscow, the Salon offers a brand-new exhibition arrangement combining a permanently high, actually, museum level of exposition and club atmosphere.
“The idea of developing the Salon in a qualitative rather than in a quantitative sense was a deliberate decision”, says MPS director Mark Kobert. “The Salon is gradually becoming an important event in the world of photography, and it generates the need for organizing exhibitions of a very high level. The popularity of photography as a medium entails emergence of a great number of projects, and today project monitors enjoy widest opportunities of presenting really outstanding works to the audience”.
Most all significant photographic institutions and collectors from Moscow and Saint Petersburg take part in the Salon. Foreign participants are represented by galleries from Paris, Minsk and Brussels.

2016 - International Exhibition and Competition of Contemporary Arts "Novgorod Art Week", Center of Modern Art "Dialog". Novgorod, Russia
The project is a landmark event that brings professional works to Novgorod public.

2015 - Exhibition "Ideal Space", VI International Project "Classic Abstract Art", Exhibition Hall "Nagornaya". Moscow, Russia
The IV International project «Abstract Art in Modern Russia» is a project destined to identify the art’s place in contemporary culture, to represent a greater variety of points of view with participation of foreign abstract artists. In this process abstraction is aimed at development of the concept of «the ideal» which requires support and development of culture, as well as a critical dialogue. That will materialize through a multi-plane process within «The Space of the Ideal» format. Abstract artists will take part in this dialogue, presenting their projects and acting as a team united by the common interest in development of the concept of «the Ideal».

2015 - Visions Fine Art Gallery Fair, Column Hall in Gostiny Dvor. Moscow, Russia
2014 - Exhibition "Shape and Colour", Exhibition Hall "Nagornaya". Moscow, Russia.
The exhibition "Shape and Colour" - a kaleidoscope of colour and monochrome frames, certificates our changing reality. Each image - is the author's opinion, vision, interpretation. Unusual camera angles capture the key objects characteristics, while the shape and colour brings their expressive values.

2014 - Exhibition within the project "Russian Photo Week 2.0" by Russian Photo Magazine, Photo Center on Gogolevsky. Moscow, Russia.
«Russian Photo Week 2.0» provides a benchmark in the field of photography and a sale platform.

2014 - Exhibition "Abstract Art in Modern Russia", III International Project "Classic Abstract Art", Exhibition Hall "Nagornaya". Moscow, Russia.
III International project "Abstract Art in Modern Russia” is organized to support the culture by providing an art dialogue. The ability to think abstractly is one of the distinguished features of a person, which probably formed simultaneously with the language skills and is largely due to the language. Depending on the goals and objectives, we can talk about the same subject having different levels of abstraction in mind. Abstract art creates its own universe.

2014 - Exhibition «Ars Longa», The Russian Academy of Arts. Moscow, Russia
Romans said «Ars longa, vita brevis» having a reason: art lasts forever, but artists die and are forgotten. “Ars Longa” in our case should be understood not only as an annual catalogue but as a project, the ideal model, or a distant goal. When we say "real art", then clearly we mean cultural values, advanced technical skills and professionalism. We hope that all of that you find in our new edition.

2014 - Exhibition "Abstract Architechtonic" within the project "Classic Abstract Art", Exhibition Hall "Beliaevo". Moscow, Russia.
Abstraction is able to hypnotise, - says the curator of the exhibition, the artist David Ru - it releases the subconsciousness, provides a unique opportunity to reveal creative "I" to its maximum.

2013 - Exhibition "To Moscow with love", Arts Square. Moscow, Russia.
Moscow International House of Music on the Red Hills on Saturday September 7 organises Open Air Festival to celebrate the Day of Moscow.

2013 - The International Photography Portrait Exhibition, Griffith Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA.
Curated by Andrey Martynov, "The Face: The Evolution of Portrait Photography" explores new and current trends in portrait photography. International in scope, the exhibition demonstrates the variety of approaches from experiments with traditional analogue photography and applications of new technologies.

2013 - Exhibition "Portrait" - the project "Art today", Exhibition Hall on Begovaya and Central Exhibition Hall "Tushino". Moscow, Russia
This exhibition is being held as part of “Art Today” - an annual event of the Russian Creative Union of Artists. This is the tenth year the event has been held, and this year the chosen theme of the exhibition is one of the most difficult of disciplines in the visual arts – the portrait. The history of portraiture is remarkable. It has been practiced in a similar vein from the opulent portraits of Queen Nefertiti through to the experiments of twentieth-century avant-gardistes. The subject – a person from the world we know – can be constantly under the observing eye of the artist who strives to portray the creative ambience of their own era in the most truthful way. Portraiture tends towards realism, towards showing truthfulness – it's a defining condition of the genre. The creative treatment of the image is the artist's commitment to the model, demonstrating the timeless value of this genre and showing the primacy of art over life – the artistic universality of the individual, and the impression of a single moment.

2013 - Art Week in Berlin "Days of Slavic art in Berlin". International exhibition of contemporary art in Berlin. Exhibition Hall of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture "Russian House". Berlin, Germany
2013 - "Portraits of Moments", Svetlanov Hall, International Hall of Music, Moscow, Russia
This series of artworks – "Portraits Of Moments" – is an attempt to preserve moments of the 10th Anniversary of International House of Music. Instead of trying to freeze fragments of the concerts of legendary jazz, blues, and rock performers like Al Di Meola, Al Jarreau, Shakur S'Aida, Curtis Steigers, John Pizzarelli or Joe Bonamassa on camera in the Svetlanov Hall, these pictures try to convey the feelings and atmospheres of their performances in an artistic visual context.
The portraits are stripped away from their settings, and the resulting image doesn't overload their contextual reality. Photography in this case makes no attempt to imitate painting, nor does the author make any attempt to conceal the technical methods used – quite the reverse, pastel expanding the palette of expressive means becomes a facilitator in the portrayal of tonal, graphic and emotional accents in the image. House of Music is ever-ready for improvisation, to delight and surprise its audiences with daring and spectacular projects that cover the whole range of arts – music and portraiture, art-cinema and literature.
We put forward Helen Zakhtser's essay into the public eye – a documentary about the events with an individualistically artistic interpretation that allows a more natural portrayal of the happenings of this Anniversary year.

2012 - "Flower to flower", Gogol's House Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
Artists of all times have painted flowers: Repin, Vrubel, Somov, Plastov, Makovsky, Fonvizin ... Painting a flower is, for the artist, like a Beauty oath or a declaration of love. Indeed what could be more beautiful than a flower? The exhibition is democratic in the selection "artistic shots" - the work of different authors has merged into a single celebration theme.

2012 - "Snow falls on everyone the same way ", Chaliapin's Mansion Gallery, Moscow, Russia
"Snow falls on everybody the same way" is an exhibition of the artists from different genres and styles: from "naive" and "primitives" to the representatives of Russian impressionism and classical school of realism. The philosophy of the exhibition is the philosophy of kindness and mercy. Snow does fall on everybody the same way: on birds and people, on dogs and cats, on roofs and monuments, on trees and bushes, on stupid and clever, on rich and poor, on old and young ones. All people, all souls are equal for our Creator.

2012 - Russian Art Week, Center for contemporary Arts M'ARS, Moscow, Russia
13th Russian Art Week International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts is the longest running platform for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional fine art in Russia, CIS Countries and the rest of the world.
In the show's sectors the exhibition will present the highest quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works of the 20th and 21st centuries by more than 3,000 artists from Russia, CIS countries and around the globe.
At Russian Art Week in Moscow, collectors from around the world will discover the best art being produced in Russia and beyond, and enjoy the dynamic cross-cultural exchange that only this show and city can offer.

2012 - "FACE: evolution of portrait in photography", Arezzo&Fotografia 2012, Arezzo, Italy
The FACE exhibition is dedicated to the evolution of the portrait in contemporary art photography. Artworks of over 50 authors from 20 countries were brought to Arezzo&Fotografia festival. Works by young artists are found side by side with the photographs by famous artists. The FACE combines traditional images and conceptual interpretations of portrait genre in various photographic techniques. Shown together in one exhibition, these artworks comprise an ensemble that does not claim to reflect the whole mass of ideas realized in contemporary photography today, but instead sheds light on the specifics and the place of portrait in contemporary art. Marco Bruni, a president of Associazione Fotografica Imago, said that the exhibition is seen as an enormous mosaic of the West and the East portraits, that underlines the international character of Arezzo & Fotografia (28 settembre - 7 ottobre 2012).

2011 - "Dance de Salon", Hall of Columns, Dinamo Stadium, Moscow, Russia
The series "Danse de Salon" and "Danse sur la Glace" are a project in which the author has mixed facts & dreams, along with superimposing memories to make a shimmering image of the dancers which transmute the photograph into some amalgam of a display on a thermal image-screen, a pastel drawing, stenciled graffiti and a view through wet matte glass. Fixation on the movements, focus on the color and light have become tools for studying of a wide range of human emotions: joy, anger, passion, and suffering.

2011 - "Postrealizm. Version 1.0", "Black Dog" Gallery, Moscow, Russia
"Postrealism. Version 1.0 "is the first exhibition dedicated to DigitalArt. 10 years ago only professional photographers knew about digital photography and processing of digital images, while nowadays the joke that "Photoshop is a girl's best friend", has already become commonplace. Modern-day possibilities for image acquisition and processing are virtually unlimited. The degree of image modification ranges from light retouching, colour and texture correction through to complete re-processing of the original - and is limited only by author's imagination. Collage, inversions, deformations, rendering, application of the immense set of filters and plugins comprise standard tool set of а modern artist.
In this exhibition visitors can find a wide spectrum of styles from realism to abstraction, from graphics to paintings, although it became problematic to define art style clearly using commonly used terminology. Visual boundaries have expanded again, producing the most interesting results.

2011 - "Geometry & Plastique", "Gallery on Paschanaya", Moscow, Russia
The exhibition "Geometry & Plastique" presents works derived from a "pure" photography that reflects real people and real objects, as well as from virtual, digital images which do not have their prototypes in our own reality. Yet the authors were able to find an exact ratio between those two kingdoms: the real and the imaginary one. The works are created within the framework of virtual aesthetic experience - synthetically combining disparate principles and categories of classical and non-classical aesthetics.

2011 - "Improvisations & Interpretations", "Underground" Gallery, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
Improvisation & interpretations on the themes of creativity and artistic discoveries of leading photographers of the XX century, as well as outstanding representatives of the various trends in art of the late XIX - XX centuries are presented in an exhibition organised by VGIK Photo & UnDerGroUnD at WINZAVOD. The photos on display create their effect by the mystery of light and shadow, symphony of colour, aggressive and simultaneously plastic abstract form-factor, looking to the aesthetics of pure form - inherently multimedia and virtual.

- Russian Photo Magazine, Issue 1-2, 2010
- The Moscow News, 2011
- Special guest of the TV program "Open Night At The Museums in Moscow, 2011", Moscow North TV
- Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue 6, 2012
- Russian Photo Magazine, March 2013 (online version)
- Photomasterskaya Magazine, Issue 4, 2013
- Russian Photo Magazine, September 2014 (online version)
- Culture TV “Ideal Place”, 26-08-2015
"What I do is art-photography. The interest lies in colours, and a simplicity in the approach. Linking to meaning, the essence of the image, capturing the inner self of the subject are quintessential for me. Being kinaesthetic myself, I experiment with ways (both photographic, and technical) of reproducing tactile textures. I believe that art is the space where synaesthesia emerges and happens to be cultivated."
Helen Zakhtser,
Member of Creative Union of Artists of Russia.

Education
2009-2011 VGIK, Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov, Moscow, Russia
Photographer, Art Photographer

Reviews
2011, Irina Tolkacheva: "Danse de Salon" and "Danse sur la Glace" by Helen Zakhtser
These photo-sequences by Helen Zakhtser are an intriguing project which, in our opinion, fit neatly into the contemporary trend for turning photography in a way of investigating the internal substance of things, rather than their outer exoskeleton. On the cusp of the twenty-first century we observe almost exactly the same things as in photography at the turn of the twentieth century, but with new technology and a new ideology. Using the basis of a "direct frame", which can present almost anything at all – a striking reportage image, a captured moment, a snap-shot, or any random moment when the shutter was pressed accidentally – on the basis of any of this an artist who fills their work with meaning and association can form an image which is a hundred miles from any prototype.

In these series the author has opted for a subject which might at first appear romantic, whilst the form is automatically the kind of archetypal memory we consider "beautiful" or "elegant". This is a risky path to follow, since it might be thought simply banal? Yet, such classical subjects present a valuable field for experiment. Can there be new meanings here, and how can they be perceived? It's very likely that beautiful people, beautiful clothes and beautiful dance continue to exert their appeal upon onlookers, who (perhaps unconsciously) keenly establish contact with images which, on one hand, may chime with their own individual experience, and on the other brings associations of the sublime, the 'artistic'. It means that the artwork is automatically perceived as a thing of elegance, because it was always intended as such.

The feeling of the original photograph remains – the observer can more-or-less guess its original context – the costumes of the dancers, the vaguely-watching crowds of spectators, the space where it all happens – and it all hints at the competition, the rivalries, the attraction-grabbing action. Yet the author has already moved away into a realm of dreams, images and memories of other worlds, in which real dancers are transmuted into a flickering image, and the photograph into some amalgam of a display on a thermal image-screen, a pastel drawing, stenciled graffiti and a view through wet matte glass. The photograph is already so unlike a photograph that observers may not even recognise it as such. Although from the second look the "documentary" image begins to peer through the technical and semantic layer process. The author finds an intriguing algorithm between the real and the depicted, which both fascinates and perturbs the viewers, forcing them to go back for a second impression.

The author's primary meaning – its "message", we might say – can't be immediately discerned. The author concentrates on the drawing, underscores and highlights the individual shapes, while suppressing others. Reality becomes radically altered, and takes on new colours and a different texture. How far does the meaning change in all this? The author takes on the eternal dichotomy between form and content on the level of the materials. She resolves it, while leaving space for interpretation and searching. Helen Zakhtser has succeeded in creating an image whose ambiguity captures our thoughts, and which gives us pause for thought.
2013, Irina Tolkacheva: "Portraits Of Moments" by Helen Zakhtser
Helen Zakhtser's photo-series "Portraits Of Moments” may be laconic in style, but technically complex. Each of the photographs has been colour-reworked by hand. Each of the images reproduced as photographs becomes a unique self-standing artwork. Out of a dark background, from absolute emptiness, the artist conceives a moment that is flushed with a single emotion. The photographer has chosen, perhaps, the optimal visual representation of a complex set of ideas – the musician's personality, the reaction of the audience, and the atmosphere which the music evoked. All that we see is this moment, emerging from a void – a moment turned into an image. The image seems simple, in its basic form – one letter, or one single note – but it helps us to conceive a welter of meanings, feelings, intonations and shades. Each performer is shown simultaneously as an outstanding and irreplaceable individual, and as a symbol – a symbol of a single moment of fusion with the music.

The photographs seem quite simple, static and self-sufficient – but they are simultaneously infused with an energy that pulsates somewhere below the surface, and seems somehow to slacken the tension. There is a tactile, tangible contact. This is what justifies the colour-reworking, that serves as a conduit between worlds – sound, emotion, and image.