Underground Performances
Good bye European Portraits
German Atlantis
Travel as Art

Valera and Natasha Cherkashin are a team. Over 39 years of collaboration in the visual arts this husband and wife duo have developed a unique style. World renown, their work includes the combination of photography and large scale photographic installations, underwater exhibitions, live performance art, as well as major video projects. Welcome to their world!

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Book 1: Night with a Pioneer leader
Happenings, Actions, Art Performances.
1962 - 2016

About the Book


This book is the result of our work since 2012. It starts from early photo happenings made by Valera Cherkashin in Ukraine in the 1960s, continues through the post soviet time and our happenings in Moscow metro station Revolutionary Square. Since 1994 we were able to travel out of Russia and did a number of actions as a reaction to the new places and circumstances.

This is the first volume. 28x33 cm. Published in 2018.

Includes 254 pages, 1280 images.

Book 2: How I Was a Real Artist
Drawings, paintings, watercolors
1967 - 1989

About the Book


This book includes early drawings, paintings, watercolors, tempera, etchings and lithograph by Valera Cherkashin.

It shows the unique development of the artist, deliberately abandoning the formal education, who searched an independent way of developing his artistic skills.
It discribes the need for an intuitive search for teachers and shows what kind of strong, beautiful and brilliant people are found on this interesting way.

This is the second volume. Published in 2019.

28x33 cm. Includes 410 pages, 1600 images.

Book 4: The End of the Epoch
Work with photo images, collages, installations
1983 - 1994

About the Book


The bright and tragic time of Perestroika radically influenced our art and brought a lot of new ideas and materials to it. We went beyond the image format into space and began to make installations and three-dimensional objects. Besides we also continued to do performances, not personal ones, but in a public environment.

This is the fourth volume.  Published in 2020.

28x33 cm, 290 pages, 1344 images.

Book 5: Mirages of Empires
Work with photo images, installations, travels
1994 - 2003

About the Book


After the first trip to the USA in 1994, we continued to work with monuments of the Soviet era, as with mirages of the past.

During our travels, we became interested in the imperial cultures of other countries: the USA, Germany, Spain, Japan, and how imperial thinking was expressed in their art and architecture. Thus the project "Mirages of Empires" was born.

This is the fifth volume. Published in 2022.

28x33 cm, 450 pages, 1600 images.

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