Yuri Leiderman, artist and writer, was born in 1963 in Odessa, Ukraine. Since 1982 he has been a participant in apartment exhibitions in Moscow and Odessa. He is one of the founding members of the “Medical Hermeneutics” group (together with Sergei Anufriev and Pavel Pepperstein) in 1987, and left the group in 1990. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions of contemporary art, including biennales in Venice (1993, 2002), Istanbul (1992), Shanghai (2004), Manifesta (Rotterdam, 1996) etc. He is the author of several books of essays, prose and poetry and was awarded the Andrei Belyi Russian Literature Prize in 2005. Since 2007 he has been working together with Andrei Silvestrov on the film project “Birmingham Ornament". The film “Birmingham Ornament 2” won a special prize from the Roma Film Festival in (2013). He currently resides in Berlin.