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Nika Kupyrova

Born in 1985 in Kyiv, Ukraine
Lives in Vienna and Prague

Naphthalene. 2009. Found materials. Courtesy of the artist

I work with mixed media installation using re-assembled found objects to explore the inherent narratives of living spaces. Essential to my work is the ability of such objects to create an emotionally charged space, which allows the viewer to interpret it according to their particular experience. The objects are static and bound to their positions; they are intimate, although impersonal and self-contained in a way that makes human presence seem redundant. Materials are always a starting point of my work; the resulting multi-layered, tactile pieces use the functions of the original materials to create fictional items, which are partly recognisable although alarmingly undefined. In Naphthalene I use time and routine as the building blocks of personal history. Towels go through a cycle of being used, washed, and dried, losing some of their shape and colour with every loop: it’s not with actions but with mundane events that we leave our mark on our surroundings.

Nika Kupyrova

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.