Oleksandr was born in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. He started his career as a photographer in asmalllocal photo studio in his hometown: in his spare time, Oleksandr took photos of people affected by the economic crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union. His works represent an insider’s look at the transformation of the mining region in the 1990s. Chekmeniov’s photographic series have been published on the New York Times’ Lens blog, Time’s Lightbox, the New Yorker’s Photo Booth, MSNBC, Quartzand other publications.
Selected personal projects: exhibition in Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA, the Donbassand Passportseries (2016); exhibition in the Palffy Palace gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, the Donbassseries (2015); exhibition in the Clara Maria Sels gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, the Mad Worldseries (2014).