Exhibition of art works by Yulia Tsvetkova "Personal?"


Opening of the exhibition on August 11 at 19:00

Violating the seemingly illusory boundary between the personal and the public, Yulia Tsvetkova enlarges the space of the personal, taking on the degree of responsibility that determines the new radicalism and acuteness of the experience of a young man and young art. By expanding the personal, the artist creates a territory of safety in which the viewer can count on acceptance and understanding.

The exhibition presents the main periods of the creative path of Yulia Tsvetkova, reflecting the energy of her feelings and thoughts, where the world appears in its deep authenticity and concentration, affirming the presence of "here" and "now". Before us opens that visual and semantic story of the life of a young artist, about which Kazimir Malevich wrote: “she grows like a forest, a mountain, continues the course of life”, revealing her “organism and body”. The project is dedicated to these possibilities of gaining stability and balance in our world.

The exposition is built as a visual diary, as a direct statement of the artist, including children's drawings, graphic works of 2015-2019, including the series “Woman is not a doll” (part of which is now in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), black and white “prisoner cycle ”, created daily for the last six months, as well as video documentation.

At the opening there will be a performance called "The Case of the YUTS" with the participation of Lada Anikina, Alexei Gorbushin, Veronika Nikolaeva, Inessa Portina.
Exhibition curators: Lada Anikina, Vitaly Patsyukov

Entrance to the opening of the exhibition by registration only

Photo from the archive of Anna Khodyreva

About the exhibition

Даты работы: August 12 - 29, 2021

Exhibition of art works by Yulia Tsvetkova Yulia Tsvetkova is a Russian artist and activist. She was born on May 23, 1993 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. From early childhood she was engaged in creativity. At the age of 13, the first personal exhibition was held in the city gallery of modern art. For several years she worked on city television as the host of the youth program "Amur Stars". Her name was entered in the book of gifted children of the Khabarovsk Territory. At the age of 17, she moved to Moscow, where she studied modern dance, as well as martial arts and parkour, but after an injury she was forced to stop her sports career. Studied film director and screenwriter at London Film School. From 2013 to 2017 she taught English and taught theater and dance classes for children. On September 9, 2018, she opened a city community center for civic initiatives, where weekly lectures, Living Library meetings, support groups for schoolchildren and mothers, an inclusive handicraft fair and environmental events were held. In 2018, she created the author's theater-booth "Merak", the actors of which actively participated in the staging process. In 2018, Merak staged a dance miniature based on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, a dance-poetry performance about growing up Evolution, and a play The History of English in English, named one of the 10 main theatrical events in the city. Performances were staged at the largest cultural venues in the city. On October 24, 2019, criminal prosecution began - Yulia is accused of committing a crime under paragraph "b" part 3 of Art. 242 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Illegal production and circulation of pornographic materials using the Internet”, up to 6 years in prison) in connection with the administration of the feminist public “Vagina Monologues”. On February 11, 2020, according to the Memorial Human Rights Center, she was recognized as a political prisoner. On March 25, 2020, cultural figures Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Vladimir Pozner, Ksenia Sobchak, Renata Litvinova, Maxim Matveev, Evgeny Stychkin recorded appeals in support of Yulia. On April 16, 2020, she received the international award "Index on Censorship" in the category "Art", becoming the second Russian woman to receive the award after Anna Politkovskaya. On June 27, 2020, more than 50 media, cultural and educational projects joined the collective solidarity statement “media strike #ZaYulyu”. The writer and playwright Yves Ensler spoke out in support of Tsvetkova. The Voznesensky Center held a "Marathon in support of Yulia Tsvetkova - poetry readings and talks about freedom." In 2020 • Named one of the BBC's 100 Most Influential and Inspiring Women. • Received Glamor's 2020 Women of the Year Award. • Received the Theater Critics Association Award in the Person of the Year nomination.