Ksenia Markelova

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Ksenia was born in the city of Kamensk-Uralsky in 1994. Lives and works in Yekaterinburg. Ksenia studied at the Ural State University of Architecture and Art at the Department of Graphics and Animation. Participates in exhibitions since 2016. She is a resident of a workshop in the Ural branch of the Pushkin Museum (former Ural NCCA). Artist statement: “Art is the labor closest to life.” My practice is based in the field of Fear and Desire and their mixtures. The visual aesthetics of my work addresses the politics of the body and sex. Corporeality and a human being itself here seek liberation — in love, and from violence. Dealing with the intimate, the sacred, the vulnerable, and the painful brings me to Horror as an intense reality in which empathy confronts monstrous formations. From the combination of attraction to Horror, the phenomenon of empathy and my education in the field of directing and animation, a narrative appears in my work, a penchant for creating creepypasta. Absurd has become the newest discourse for me — as a method of resistance to the last frontier of anguish. Symbols and characters in my works form a glossary or thesaurus. Now I mainly create hysterical tricksters based on virality, archetypes and other cultural references. I work with mixed media installation and sculpture with such materials as textile, silicone, epoxy resin, wax, graphics with oil pastel, puppet animation and video art, 3D modeling.

Selected exhibitions

Some group exhibitions, residencies, biennials:

2024 “Archipelago of Dreams”, Sinara Gallery, Yekaterinburg, 07. 02 — 26.05.

2024 “Myths and Reality Lessons”, Ural Vision Gallary, Yekaterinburg, 02.02 — 20.04.

2023 Digital residency “Phygital Bodies in Speculative Landscapes” by CCI Fabrika and 8xr.

2023 “Don’t trust silence, it’s deceptive”, contemporary art center “Byl’”, Stary Oskol, 20.04 — 20.07.

2022 “Swamping the guise” joint exhibition with artist Svetlana Spirina, curated by “Temporary Solution”, Museum “Metenkov’s House”, Yekaterinburg, 27. 10 — 25. 12.

2022 Partisan street art festival “Carte Blanche”, Yekaterinburg.

2022 Uralskaya Kvartirale, Yekaterinburg, April.

2022 “Finding the sense of the body”, Sinara Gallery, 10.03 — 10.04.

2021 Residency “Black cube/White box”, Meyerhold Theatre Center, Moscow, 13.11 — 22.11.

2021 Partisan street art festival “Carte Blanche”, Yekaterinburg, 01.08 — 31.08.

2021 “Museum of Artificial History”, Darwin Museum, Moscow, 5.07-13.09.

2021 “What Mermaids Sing About”, Artetazh Museum, Vladivostok, 23.04-23.05.

2021 “New Painting of Yekaterinburg”, Art Gallery of the Yeltsin Center, 31.01 — 14.03.

2020 BLAZAR Young Art Fair, Moscow 09.09-13.09.

2020 Video exhibition “Lightblick”, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin.

2020 “L’ŒIL CLOS, MONSTRES MERVEILLEUX”, Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt, France, 27.06 — 27.09.

2019 “Better don’t touch it’, Issmag gallery, Moscow.

2019 2 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, main project, installation “Room”, Optical and Mechanical Plant; 2 unnamed installations, former cinema “Coliseum”, Yekaterinburg.

2018 Art Residency during October, 2025 Kunst und Kultur gallery, Hamburg, Germany.

2017 4th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, research project, installation “Visualization Blocks”.

2016 “Non-random connections”, Ural branch of the NCCA, Yekaterinburg.

Personal exhibitions:

2019 “(inside)out”, Center of the City Culture, Perm.

2018 “Duality and the Gap”, Center for Contemporary Dramaturgy, Yekaterinburg.

2017 “Altar for the slaughter of hands”, Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg.

Curatorial projects:

2023 “Non-obvious responses”, exhibition based on the results of the laboratory with the inclusive project “Sketches”, Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg, 24. 03 — 11. 06.

2022 Project “Temporary Solution” together with Nikita Perfilyev.

2019 Rapid Response Group volume 1, Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg.