Varvara Grankova, born in Moscow, 1988

Winner of Arte Laguna 2021, finalist in Arte Laguna 2020, winner of the Tretyakov Prize 2018. The artists works are in the MMOMA collection.

I explore the mechanisms of human relations – with other humans as well as with non-human agents and the environment. I am interested in how the historical and cultural context imprints on modern relationships. Three major themes in my recent work are (non)violence, feminism and ecology.

 

My preferred mediums of artistic expression are installation and performance. Trained in vocals and with years of violin experience, I use music and especially my own voice in my practice. But I consider it vital to reveal the deep and varying aspects of any theme I work with, and so I also use graphics and digital art.

As I work with social themes, dialogue is especially important in the form, but also in the content, of my work as I try to get the audience involved as much as possible. For instance, the real stories of people and the abuse they suffered, or their sense of guilt for the abuse they inflicted, formed part of my instagram project @nenasilie (part of the personal exhibition). I also recycled and upcycled - each time in a different way - discarded clothes, again, collected from other people, as part of my series «Thingism».

Education 

2020-2021

«BAZA» Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

2019

«Open Studios» program, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

2016-2017

Art philosophy,  Garage Education Center, Moscow, Russia

2015-2016

School of Contemporary Art «Free Workshops», Moscow, Russia

2005-2011

National Institute of Design, Department of Art & Design, Moscow, Russia

Art labs

2020-2021

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

2017

Performance Artistic Research Lab, HSE+Goldsmiths University of London

Metamorphosis. Goethe- institut Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, Berlin, Germany

«Post-playwright». Theater «Practice», Moscow, Russia

Dance and Performance Lab «Dislocation» Culture House ZIL, Moscow, Russia

Poema Theatre. Solyanka gallery, Moscow, Russia

Workshop on Contemporary Dance and Dance Writing. Garage Education Center

Intense in modern dance. Educational center MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

Awards 

2021

Winner of Arte Laguna special prize, Venice

2020

Winner of  «Digital Dreams» by Cultural Creative Agency Qatar-Russia
(as part of the ROI group)

2020

Finalist in Arte Laguna prize, Venice

2018

Winner of Tretyakovprize grand prize, Moscow

Residence

2021

Art residence «Vyksa», Vyksa, Russia

2019

Lesnoe, 11, Russia

2019

«Open Studios» program, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

Exhibitions 

Solo

2021

«Burqa» Piazza dei Signori, 4passi festival, Treviso, Italy

2021

«Vestments» Vyksa museum of history

(was not open for public)

2021

«Waiting» Bomba Gallery, Moscow, Russia 

(Collaboration with Mitriy Grankov)

2018

«Nonviolence», MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

As part of the «Debut» program

Group

2021

«Can’t see violence anymore» Milano, Italy

2021

Arte Laguna prize. the Nappe of the Arsenale Nord in Venice. Italy

2021

«PAVILION RUSSE». HAZEGALLERY, Berlin, Germany

2021

Riga Performance Festival: Starptelpa, Riga, Latvia (as part of the ROY group)

2021

«Alterglobalizm». Belyaevo gallery, Moscow, Russia

2020

Coscoscow art fair, Balcony gallery, Moscow, Russia

2020

«Alternative reality», Nochlezhka, Moscow, Russia

2019

First Feminalle of contemporary art. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

2019

Art fem fest «-KA». Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

2019

«Dysmorphophobia» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia (as part of the ROI group)

2019

«Faith in a Deep Crisis», Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia

2019

«These waking dreams», Tula Regional Art Museum (as part of the ROI group)

2019

International Festival of Digital Arts Videoformes, Center for Creative Industries «Fabrika»

2019

«Moscow Conceptualism. Link» ARTPLAY, Moscow, Russia

2018

«Hair» MMOMA (as part of the ROI group), Moscow, Russia

2017

«Guilty!» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

2017

«Between us. The space of memories» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2015

«Personal Connections» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

«Procrastination» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

«Portraits of happy people» VZ Gallery on Taganka, Moscow, Russia

«Feet in the water, head in the clouds»,  Zdes Gallery, Taganka, Moscow, Russia

«City to artists, artists to the city» Moscow Museum, Moscow, Russia

«Motto-Slogan-Tag» Center for Creative Industries Fabrika, Moscow, Russia

2012

«The Triumph of Caissa. Dedication to Marcel Duchamp» State Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky Val, Moscow, Russia (Collaboration with Mitriy Grankov)

Performances

2020

«Shelter», Coscoscow art fair, Balcony gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019

«Red Voice» Meta Culture, Kiev, Ukraine 

(Collaboration with Rosemary loves a blackberry)

2019

«Post-playwright». Theater «Practice», Moscow, Russia

2019

«Dislocation» Culture House ZIL, Moscow, Russia

2019

«Red Voice» Meta Culture, Kiev, Ukraine 

(Collaboration with Rosemary loves a blackberry)

2019

«Dysmorphophobia» MMOMA, Moscow, Russia (as part of the ROI group)

2019

«Scroll», DK, Moscow, Russia (Collaboration with Mitriy Grankov)

2019

«Poetry of parts», Solyanka gallery, Moscow, Russia (Poemateatre)

2018

«Hearts», MMOMA, , Moscow, Russia (as part of the ROI group)

2018

«Bread», MMOMA, , Moscow, Russia (as part of the ROI group)

2015

«Motto-Slogan-Tag» Center for Creative Industries «Fabrika», Moscow, Russia

(Collaboration with Mitriy Grankov)

Public-talk

2021

2021

COSMOSCOW ART FAIR «The Art and Practice of Hospitality»

Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art & International Festival of Videoart NOW&AFTER (as part of the ROI group), Moscow, Russia

2019

Discussion about women in the music industry and performance
as a feminist art practice, Kiev, Ukraine

2019

Gender Equality Discussion, Republic, Moscow, Russia

Contact Me

+7 906 729 7775