Photography historian, curator, art critic. Ph.D. in Art History
She has been the art director of the International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa since its inception in 2008. Lives in Moscow, Russia. Since 2006 Irina Chmyreva has worked as the leading researcher at the department of Russian art of the 20th and 21th centuries in the State Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.
From 2003 to 2007, she was a lead researcher of the department of photography and multimedia projects at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Irina Chmyreva is also curator for festival programs globally of multiple exhibitions of contemporary and classic Russian photography and contemporary art in museums, and photography and art centers.
In 2011, she was a member of the curatorial group, jointly with Evgeny Berezner, Natalia Tarasova, Wendy Watriss, and Frederick Baldwin, of the First International Portfolio Review in Moscow for photographers from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, held at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. With the same group of curators, she organized the main exhibition program “Contemporary Russian Photography” — which included 186 artists and 1095 artworks— for the international biennial FotoFest 2012 in Houston.