Ksenia Y

Ksenia Yurkova (www.kseniayurkova.com) is an artist, curator and researcher, living between St. Petersburg (Russia) and Vienna (Austria). She considers her leading artistic media to be text, photography, video and installation. Yurkova started her practice as a researcher in the field of political theory and communication theory. The main focus of her interest for a long time was communication and language: the varieties of its substance, the possibility of conversion, its mythological aspect, stereotyping (the question of personal and political self-identification and identification by others), problems of memory, attitudes, and reliance. Lately, the artist is researching the phenomenon of affect in its autonomous bodily emanation; in its personal and political registers. She focuses upon how a stage of individual perception, to which one can relate memory, traumatic recollection and problems of identity construction, transforms itself into affects of the political body. Coming a long way from political and cultural journalism, through organising and curating cultural and art events, Ksenia settled in individual artistic and research practice, which allows the useful critical distance for observation and working with contemporary issues. Her approach is based on methods of language appropriation, over-affirmation, self-reflection and self-criticism through ironic component inevitably added to the most pressing matters. Nonetheless, Ksenia didn’t give up socially engaged practice and launched a festival-laboratory Suoja/ Shelter in Helsinki, which already the 2nd year touches upon sensitive problematics of society. Ksenia Yurkova has taken part in numerous shows and festivals worldwide, has released several artist books. Her works are in private collections in Russia, Germany, France, and Finland.

Upcoming shows:
2020 Kuryohin Prize Exhibition. Kuryohin Centre (St. Petersburg, RU)
2020 NOT SURE! (Hjalteyri, ISL)

Selected shows (personal):
2018 Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits. Fotoforum Gallery (Innsbruck, At)
2018 Habitat vol.1. Museum of Impossible Forms (Helsinki, Vantaa, Fi)
2017 Empty Expectations. The Exhibition Laboratory (Helsinki, FI)
2016 Personal One or Two Approaches to a Landscape (Ólafsfjörður, ISL)

Selected shows (group):
2020 Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science Conference 2020 (Vienna, At)
2020 Backlight Festival (Tampere, Fi)
2020 Hold Off: the Time of Fun. Digital Spring Festival (Salzburg, AT)
2019 Athens Photo Festival. Benaki Museum (Athens, GR)
2019 Shelter Festival-Laboratory. Free Arts Space (Helsinki, FI)
2019 Kuryohin Prize Exhibition. Kuryohin Centre (St. Petersburg, RU)
2019 You are What you Eat. Krakow Photo Month. Bunkier Sztuki Gallery (Krakow, PL)
2019 Transeurope Project (transeurope.eu)
2019 Riga Photomonth (Riga, LV)
2018 Barbarians. Mamuta Art and Media Center (Jerusalem, ISR)
2018 In-side Out. Center for Book Arts (New-York, USA)
2018 Shelter Festival. Free Arts Space (Helsinki, Fi)
2018 Kuvan Kevat. Project Room Gallery (Helsinki, Fi)
2018 Red May. Alkovi Gallery (Helsinki, Fi)
2018 Open Museum. Electromuseum (Moscow, RU)
2017 Presence Festival. Berthold Center (St. Petersburg, RU)
2017 Athens Photo Festival. Benaki Museum (Athens, GR)
2017 Animal Logic. The Exhibition Laboratory (Helsinki, FI)
2017 Photobookfest. Br. Lumier Center of Photography (Moscow, RU)
2016 Listhus (Akureyri, ISL)
2015 Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Tbilisi, GA)
2015 Grandprix Fotofestival (Lodz, PL)
2015 Athens Photo Festival. Benaki Museum (Athens, GR)
2015 PhotoEspana books (Madrid, ES)
2015 The Brownian Motion Experience. Br. Lumier Center of Photography (Moscow, RU)
2014 Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Tbilisi, GA)
2014 Openborder Festival (Amsterdam, NL)
2014. Impressed. Loft Taiga (St. Petersburg, RU)
2014 Institute.Production (Kazan, RU)
2013 Young Russian Photographers (RU)
2013 Fotofilmic festival (Vancouver, CA)
2013 Age of Consent. Etagi (St. Petersburg, RU)

Awards and Grants:
2020 Bundeskanzleramt Startstipendium (At)
2020 Niederösterreich Stipendium (At)
2020 Kone Residency (Fi)
2020 Kuryohin Prize shortlist (RU)
2019 Helsinki City Project Grant (FI)
2019 Kuryohin Prize shortlist (RU)
2019 TAIKE Project Grant (FI)
2019 Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant (FI)
2018 TAIKE Mobility (FI)
2018 AIR- Artist in Residence Krems (At)
2018 Kuno Express
2017 STEP Grant
2017 The Russian Photounion Prize (RU)
2017 Photobookfest shortlist (Moscow, RU)
2017 UNIARTS Grant (FI)
2016 The Russian Photounion Prize (RU)
2016 Dummy Awards Kassel shortlist (GE)
2015 Skammdegi Artist-in-Residence Prize (ISL)
2014 Gomma Photography Grant (UK)
2013 The Russian Photounion Prize (RU)
2013 Kuryohin Prize shortlist (RU)

2018 - In Der Ecke, private publishing, 88 Pages
2018 - Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits, private publishing, 94 pages
2016 - Roads Closed, private publishing, 70 pages
2015 - Empty Expectations, private publishing, 140 pages
2014 - Letters for Two, and No-One Else, Dostoevsky Publishing, 162 pages

2018 - Food as structural unit of politics, transmitter of memory, and
matter of art, Print Book, 60 Pages

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That was a great meeting with KSenia She is very knowledgeable about Russian literature and helpful with pronunciation and nuances for us.

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