Experimental - NOMINEE: Ksenia Yurkova
Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits
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«Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits» multimedia- project covering the biopolitical approach
to an issue of food, especially on the specific sides as hunger and overconsumption,
studied throughout conflict periods of history as well with a contemporary ideologic understanding
of lifestyle, fashion, and well-being. It is implemented in mediums of post-doc and
verbatim video, photography, installation and a cookbook, deconstructing familiar advertising
aesthetics and conventional ways of representations.
The selection of photographs constitutes a body of the book “Spinebone Soup and Stuffed Rabbits” manifests itself as a speculative cookbook.
Following the tradition of modernists’ experiments with collages, it reads a concept of food
as text, glues it together with the aspects of memory, conditions of ideology and visual culture
of the present. The shape of the book, which can be described as an inverse or wrongly
assembled magazine enhances the ubiquitous message of the omnipresent ideology devouring
any nutritional value.
Ksenia Yurkova is an artist currently based in Helsinki. She works primarily with photography, video and artist’s books. The main focus of her interest is 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. Ksenia Yurkova has taken part in numerous shows and festivals worldwide. At the moment she is studying towards her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.
My selected exhibitions are 2011 Personal exhibition «Japerture» (St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition «My Own Wilderness»/ «Photo/ arts Magazine» (USA, Philadelphia). 2012 Personal exhibition «Difference of Asia» (Budapest, Hungary) Group exhibition on the Festival of Street Photography (Moscow, Russia) Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Chelyabinsk, St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition at Miami Street Festival (Miami, USA) 2013 Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Russia) Group exhibition Fotofilmic festival (Vancouver, Canada) Group exhibition at Loft Project Etagi (St. Petersburg, Russia) 2014 Group exhibition Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Georgia)
Group exhibition at Openborder Festival (Amsterdam, the Netherland)
Group exhibition at Loft Taiga «Impressed» (books and zines) (St. Petersburg, Russia) Group exhibition Instititute.Production (Kazan, Russia)
2015 Group exhibition «Young Russian Photographers» (Russia) Group exhibition Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Georgia) Group exhibition Lodz Fotofestival (Poland) Group exhibition Athens Photo Festival (Greece) PhotoEspana books exhibition (Madrid) Brownian Motion Experience (Moscow) 2016 Listhus (Akureiry, Iceland) “One or Two Approaches to a Landscape” (Iceland) 2017 Personal “Empty Expectations” (FI) 2018 KuvanKevat (FI)
Awards: 2013 Kuryohin Prize shortlist (RU) 2013 The Russian Photounion Prize (RU) 2014 Gomma Photography Grant (UK) 2015 Skammdegi Artist-in-Residence (Iceland) 2016 Dummy Award Kassel shortlist (Germany)
2014 - Letters for Two, and No-One Else, Dostoevsky Publishing 2015 - Empty Expectations (dummy)
2016 - Roads Closed (dummy)
2008 St. Petersburg State University
Faculty of Journalism, Visual Journalism Department, graduated with honours
2010 Postgraduate in St. Petersburg State University
Faculty of Journalism, Theory of Communications Department
2015 Fotodepartament.Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2016 Academy of the Fine Art (Helsinki, Finland)