Oleg Tcherny was born in 1971 in Minsk (Belarus). From 1993 to 1997, he studied “Performance and New Media” with Nan Hoover at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, then from 1997 to 1998 continued his studies in Tokyo. In 1999, Tcherny was assistant director to the filmmaker Daniel Schmid in Switzerland. In 2003 he joined the Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts where he participated in editing the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.
Tcherny distorts the progression of images through a process of ‘vertical’ editing. Shot in HD, his videos sound out the thickness of time, pushing the boundaries of visual, auditory, and conceptual abstraction. Space and relativity appear as common themes in Tcherny’s films. The ideas of Giorgio Agamben are a recurring reference and his philosophy shows us in several projects.
Tcherny’s films have been shown in a number of international festivals such as Loncarno (2004), Rotterdam (2005/2007), New York (2007), IndieLisboa (2008), Viennale (2008), and Biennale di Venezia – Mostra (2010). He lives and works in Paris, Venice, and Princeton.