Valentina Stepanova (1985, Russia) is a computer specialist and interpreter and studied cryptography. She worked as a security specialist for the Russian Federation and as an analyst at the renowned National Nuclear University in Moscow.
Together with Niko Hafkenscheid (1977, Belgium) they work together as an artistic duo and focus on new forms of documentary. They are fascinated by the twilight zone where fiction and reality meet. Next to Moshenka, they also created the film-installation Gorodets and the performance Fondamenta degli incurabili that was presented during the opening weekend of the Venice Biennial 2017, a collaboration with local city painters in Venice that traces back Joseph Brodsky’s steps through the Italian city. Their joint work is co-produced and shown by workspacebrussels, KAAP, nona and Territoria Moscow.