Wesleyan portrait of Sasha  Rudensky

Sasha Rudensky

Associate Professor of Art

Digital Design Commons, 2nd Fl

Associate Professor, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

1 Vine Street,


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BA Wesleyan University
MFA Yale University

Sasha Rudensky

Sasha Rudensky’s photographic work explores the production and interpretation of cultural identity and history in the former territories of the Soviet Union. Moving between modes of observation, construction, and appropriation, Rudensky’s practice simultaneously engages with indexicality and performance, truth and illusion, social document and fantasy. She is interested in the contradiction between private life and public persona, the disparity between surface description and psychological interiority, and the intersection of official and personal histories as set against the backdrop of major political and social events of the Putin era.
Sasha Rudensky is regularly commissioned by New York Times Magazine, where her editorial work has ranged from portraiture to in depth stories on teenage anxiety.


Sasha Rudensky is a Russian born photographer, whose work has been exhibited widely in US, Europe, and Asia. In 2010 Sasha’s work was included in “reGeneration 2: Photographers of Tomorrow Today”, an international survey of emerging photographers. Her debut solo show “Tinsel and Blue” was exhibited at Sasha Wolf gallery in NYC in 2016. Her work is held in a number of public collections including Musee de l’Elysee, Yale University Art Gallery, and Center of Creative Photography in Tuscon amongst others.
Sasha received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and BA from Wesleyan University. She was the recipient of the Ward Cheney Memorial Award from Yale University, Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, Leica/Jim Marshall Award, and Jessup Prize from Wesleyan University. In 2013 Sasha was awarded the Aaron Siskind Individual Fellowship grant. She is a regular contributor to New York Times Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Aperture, Art Forum, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Times UK and others. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Wesleyan University, where she is the head of the photography program and is represented by Sasha Wolf Projects in New York City.

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Thursday, 11:00-1:00 p.m., 2nd floor over Digital Design Studio adjacent to Davison Art Center.


Fall 2024
ARST 251 - 01
Photography I