Approximately there are about 20.000 - 80.000 Turks of African descent living in Muğla, Ula, Köyceğiz, Arcata, and Dalaman regions. Black people have for long culturally adapted Turkish society, and as a consequence, there is almost nothing that indicates an African heritage in a cultural sense. As a result of the search for their roots, activists revived certain ancestral ceremonies and African traditions. And the search goes on.
*Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany, 1993. Due to his family's migration history, Kalaschnikow’s work mainly deals with diaspora, belonging, and identity. For each project, he develops suitable visual approaches and appropriate, respectful forms of representation.
Kalaschnikow’s works have been shown in various museums and galleries, including The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2020, Kunsthaus Dresden in 2022, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 2019. He studied Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography at HS Hannover and Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent.
Kalaschnikow currently works as an Art Buyer in a globally operating content marketing agency. There, as an interface between photographers, illustrators, and clients, he oversees numerous national and international projects, both print and digital. Beyond that Kalaschnikow devotes himself to artistic-documentary photo series, which are created over periods of several years.
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clients / published
ZEIT ONLINE, STERN Magazin, stern.de, Focus, Glamour, VICE, causette, Symrise, Wintershall Dea & VNG, GoMagazin, epd-Bild, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Hannover, cosmopop, Literarischer Salon, Hannover 2025, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gewebetransplantation (DGFG), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, hMtM Hannover
exhibitions / shows (group)
2023 »FIRST PAGES« Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
2022 »Fragments from Now« Kunsthaus Dresden
2022 »Von den Spuren Einer Suche« GAF Eisfabrik, Hanover
2022 »Gewebespende erleben« Hannah-Arendt-Platz, Hanover
2020 Screening Exhibition at photo is:real, Tel Aviv
2020 »Fragments from Now« Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
2019 »Fragments from Now« Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2019 »Kultur.Erben« Evangelische Jugendkirche, Munich
2017 - 2022 Bachelor in Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography, University of Applied Sciences and
2020 - 2021 Bachelor's Programme in Photography,
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent
2018 - 2019 Assistant at Galerie für Fotografie Hannover (GAF)
2020 Intern as photographer/videographer at epd-bild
2022 - today Trainee Art Buyer at C3 Creative Code and Content