The Moscow Canal was built to connect the Moscow River with the Volga River. In the 1930s it helped to deal with the shortage of water in Moscow. Now it delivers more than 60 percent of the drinking and industrial water to the city of Moscow. During the Second World War, when the Nazis came close to the canal, water was flushed through the dam and locks were blown up by Soviet soldiers to stop the passage of the Germans. The canal (128 km in length) was constructed from 1932 to 1937 by GULAG prisoners. During the process, more than 23,000 prisoners died.

This short biography of the river echoes the history of Moscow and the whole nation: sprawling geography and imperial ambitions, an overpopulated city, the scars of war and a tragic heritage of repression.  I repeated the way of the Volga — from Dubna, through the locks, bridges and reservoirs to the Moscow river in Strogino, to fix the flow of the river and history. In the wake of the northern spring, life by the water is quiet. Time passes like the flow of the river. I’m trying to make ripples on the surface of water.



Olya Ivanova was born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia. Received BA in literature, 1998 Graduated from Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow), 2014.
Clients: Monocle, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Market, The Telegraph, Psychologies, Russian Reporter, Neon, Vice, Nido Featured in: Lens Culture, Conscientious, Landscapes Stories, Unless you will, Verve Photo, Feature Shoot, La Pura Vida Magazine, Not Common People, Here etc.
Solo Exhibitions Children: Private Space. Gallery XXI century. Moscow. Russia. 2014 Olympic Gays. Rainbowhouse. Liege, Belgium. 2014 Weirdo. Platonique. Museum of the Fine arts Denys-Puech of Rodez. France. 2011 Group exhibitions Upcoming –> Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK, January – March 2015 On Identity. Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York, USA, 2014 Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, Calvert22 Gallery (London, UK), 2014 Croire! Biennal of Photography and visual art. Liege, Belgium, 2014 Photoquai. Paris, France, 2013 Asian Women Showcase, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2013 Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo, Italy, August 2012 Brighton Photobook Show, Brighton, UK, 2012 Women in Multimedia by DEVELOP and Daylight Magazine. Bologna. Italy 2012 Photovisa. International photofestival. Krasnodar. Russia. 2011 Platonoque. Museums of the Fine arts Denys-Puech of Rodez. France. 2011 Through the eyes of Russian Reporter. Solyanka Gallery. Moscow, Russia 2010 InsideOutside: New Images from Russia. Fotoweek DC.Washington, USA. 2009 Awards Asian Women Showcase, finalist, Thailand, 2013 Photojournalism Development Fund Prize, 2-nd place in Portraits, Moscow, Russia 2010 Photo Circle Festival, Vilnius, Finalist, Lithuania, 2010 Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable mention in Portrait, 2011, UK