Nadja Kilchhofer
& Romain Mader

Atomik Magik Circus – François Burland

FEMS prize 2013

Valeriya

Valeriya

Valerya Nikolenka was discovered by the agency Global Russian Models in her home city Novosibirsk at the age of fifteen.

Valeriya

The young model used to go to a professional ballet school till she started her career in the modeling business, but she’s still training on a regular basis.

Valeriya

Valeriya lives with her mother, a dentist, in a small apartment in the heart of Novosibirsk. They spend each summer in the Datcha like many Russian Families.

Valeriya

The living room is in the same time the bedroom of her mom. Valeriya is an only child, her father doesn’t take care of her.

Valeriya

Valeriya benefits from an incredible body control due to her long experience as a dancer.

Valeriya

With a population of 1,5 million, Novosibirsk is the third most populous city in Russia and the capital of Siberia.

Valeriya

Casting in Krasnoyarsk from Noah Models with Scouts from Women Management and Halo Models. Noah Models is one of the biggest Model Agencies in Russia and scouts regularly in the East of Russia for new young faces.

Valeriya

The winner of Miss Aisha 2013 in the Red Rock City in Novosibirsk gets a chance to prove herself in a model class at Global Russian Model. This is a usual way to recruit new talents and at the same good publicity for the agency.

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At the age of fifteen, Valeriya is discovered by IMG Models Paris, but to get a work visa for France she has to wait till she’s sixteen.

Valeriya

Valeriya’s Mother Svetlana is very proud and scared at the same time for her daughter. She decides to join her daughter the first two weeks in Paris to support her and to make sure everything goes well.

Valeriya

Beauty is a very important issue in eastern countries, many girls dream about being famous. To be a model is a very popular and fine job.

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It’s not about an escape from poverty, but simply a desire and a dream to be beautiful and famous.

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After six month back and forth to get a visa, Valeriya finally got her work visa for France. In March 2014, she travels for six weeks to Paris where she has to work very hard to proof herself as a professional model.

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After two weeks in Paris, Valeriya already got two jobs. After two more weeks alone, she is sent to Milan. After that first adventure, she returns back home in Siberia to finish school.

Curriculum Vitæ

Nadja Kilchhofer and Romain Mader studied Photography at the University of Arts & Design Lausanne in Switzerland and work together since 2012.

Romain Mader

Solo Exhibitions
2015
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Quartier Général, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH
2014
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Festival Images, Vevey, CH
„Moi avec des filles”, Journées photographiques de Bienne, Bienne, CH
„Valeriya”, Photobastei, Zürich, CH
2013
„Ekaterina“, Quai 1, Vevey CH
Group Shows
2015
„Les Boutographies”, Montpeller, FR
„Circulation(s)”, Centquatre-Paris, Paris, FR
2014
„Prix Photoforum & SELECTION | AUSWAHL”, PhotoforumPasquArt, Bienne CH
„Kaunas Foto 2014”, Kaunas, LT
„A better life with Aliona”, Les Cabines, Nyon, CH
„PhotoIreland”, Dublin, IE
„SCHAU”, Dortmund, DE
„VALERIYA”, Photobastei, Zürich, CH
„SWISS PHOTO AWARD”, Photobastei, Zürich, CH
„Do you speak touriste? Quand les photographes décodent les clichés”, Musée d‘art de Pully, CH
„ECAL PHOTOGRAPHY”, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, IT
2013
„ECAL PHOTOGRAPHY”, ELAC, Renens CH
„ECAL PHOTOGRAPHY”, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, FR
„Moi avec des filles”, „De Nouveaux Amis”, „Ekaterina”, „The Girlfriend Experience”, Jungkunst, Winterthur, CH
«Prix Photo », Schiffbau5, Züich, CH
„The Girlfriend Experience”, Slideshow, Nuit des Images, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, CH
„The Girlfriend Experience”, Photobook presented at the „6th Fotobookfestival“, Kassel DE / „Le Bal“, Paris FR / „PhotoIreland Festival“, Dublin IRL / „MIA“, Milan IT
«Still searching», Installation Video & Photo, Chateau de Guévaux, CH
„Ekaterina”, Swiss Design Awards, ArtBasel, Basel CH
«Savoir faire», ECAL Milano, Spazio Orso 16, Milano, IT
2012
„ECAL Diplômes 2012“, Ecal, Renens CH
Museumnacht Bern, „Soupe populaire”, Credit Suisse Bundesplatz, Berne CH
„Musique en Images, Le Verbier Festival Academy en images“, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau im Rahmen vom Swiss Photo Award, Zürich CH
„Musique en Image, Le Verbier Festival Academy en images“, Centre culturel du Hameau, Verbier CH
2011
Planche(s) contact, Festival de photographies de Deauville, Deauville FR
„My Dear Cargo“, Kunstmuseum, Bremerhaven DE
2010
„On Tour“, Ecal, Renens CH
2009
Si les parents savaient, Elac, Renens CH
Selected Publications
2014
„Snatch”, n°28 November
„POV paper”, N°0/N°1
„5x5”, Quai N°1, Festival Images Vevey
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz
„Tourism”, EXIT MAGAZINE #54 may/june/july
«Sibirische Träume», DAS MAGAZIN, N°19
„Do you speak touriste?”, Musée d‘art de Pully
„Les lettres & les arts”, N°16 printemps-été
2013
„ECAL PHOTOGRAPHY”, Hatje Kantz
2012
„Les jeunes” Nr. 5 / 2012 Bulletin - Credit Suisse
2011
„Planche(s) Contact 1-2 2010/2011”, Filigranes Éditions, Paris FR
„On Tour - Tour de Romandie & Tour de Suisse 2010“, Editions Infolio, Lausanne CH
Driesch Nr.6 / 2011, „nackt“ Driesch, Zeitschrift fur Literatur & KulturJune 15, Vienna AT
Awards
2015
Residency at the Cité internationale des Arts of Paris
2014
Promotion de la relève en photographie, Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture
2013
Selected for the Swiss Design Awards
ewz-PhotoBook-Prize
Globetrotter World Photo
„PLAT(T)FORM “, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur CH
2012
Prix Raiffeisen
2011
Residency at the photography festival „Planche(s) contact“, Deauville FR

Nadja Kilchhofer

Solo Exhibitions
2015
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Quartier Général, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH
2014
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Festival Images, Vevey, CH
„Valeriya, die Schöne aus Sibirien”, Photobastei, Zürich, CH
Group Shows
2015
„Les Boutographies”, Montpeller, FR
2014
„Prix Photoforum & SELECTION/AUSWAHL”, Photoforum PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, CH
„A better life with Aliona”, Les Cabines, Nyon, CH
2013
«Prix Photo 2013», Schiffbau5, Zürich, CH
«Still searching», Installation Video & Photo, Chateau de Guévaux, CH
«Savoir faire», ECAL Milano, Spazio Orso 16, Milano, IT
2012
„Musique en Images, Le Verbier Festival Academy en images“, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau im Rahmen vom Swiss Photo Award, Zürich CH
„Musique en Image, Le Verbier Festival Academy en images“, Centre culturel du Hameau, Verbier CH
„Do you read me?”, Elac, Renens, CH
2009
Elac, Renens CH: Si les parents savaient
Selected Publications
2014
„POV paper”, N°0/N°1
„Atomik Magik Circus”, Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz
«Sibirische Träume», DAS MAGAZIN, N°19
2013
„ECAL Photography”, Hatje Cantz
«A la Mode», Le Cahier du Musée gruérien N°8,
«Mock Up x 36», ECAL , collective works
2012
„Musique en Images“, Julius Bär, 2012
Awards
2014
Promotion de la relève en photographie, Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture
2013
2nd Prize «Prix Photo »
Globetrotter World Photo
2011
Residency during the „Verbier Festival Photography Academy