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Zhanna Kadyrova was born in 1981 in Brovary, the city in Kyiv region, Ukraine, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School and received the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award, the Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award for Public Art, the Grand Prix of the Kyiv Sculpture Project (all 2012) as well as a Pinchuk Art Centre Special Prize (2011) and Main Prize Winner (2013). Her works have been extensively exhibited worldwide, recently at the M17 Contemporary Art Centre, Kyiv (2021), the Shanghai International Sculpture Project JISP, Shanghai, the Ukrainian Institute in New York (2020). She participated at the 58th, 56th and 55th Venice Biennale, respectively in 2019, 2015 and 2013. Kadyrova's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Bureau for Cultural Translations, Leipzig, the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Museum of Modern Art in Poland and the Pinchuk Art Centre (2012, 2013) in Kyiv, where her first major retrospective will be held in 2023.

 

Kadyrova’s practice, tackling since its very beginning disciplines as different as sculpture, photo, video, performance, deeply focuses on the exhibition site and space. In her work, the issue of context unravels to reveal the rhythm of History on the move - that of a world whose multiple layers disappear behind their immediacy. Often diverting the aesthetic canons of the socialist ideal still present in the heritage of contemporary Ukraine, Kadyrova’s perspective is partially informed by the plastic and symbolic values of urban building materials. Thus, ceramics, glass, stone and concrete enter the spotlight of her work.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023

Upcoming

Retrospective at PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2021

Market- Extra Dolce, Rhinoceros Gallery, Fondazione Alda Fendi Esperimenti, Rome (Italy)

Landmarks, Una Boccata d’Arte, Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua, Tolfa, Lazio (Italy)

2020

(Almost) Involuntary Sculptures, with Jiří Kovanda, Zahorian & Van Espen Gallery, Bratislava (Slovakia)

It was forbidden to swim in the water area of the plant, Invogue gallery, Odessa (Ukraine)

Market, site specific performance and installation, Ukrainian Institute, New York (USA)

Market, site-specific performance, Armory Show, New York (USA)

2019

Permiso para el coctel, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Havana (Cuba)

Animalier, Villa Pacchiani Centro Espositivo, Santa Croce sull'Arno, Pisa (Italy)

Extra Dolce, Fondazione MACC, Sardinia (Italy)

Resistance of Matter, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins (France)

Resistance of Matter, Zahorian & Van Espen Gallery, FOAF Prague (Czech Republic)

2018

Market, site specific project-performance, Kyiv Art Week, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Market, site specific project-performance, PULSE Miami, Florida (USA)

2017

Market, site-specific project-performance, in collaboration with Izolyatsia - Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Art Fair Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo

Zhilmassiv, artist-run space, Apartment 14, Kyiv, Ukraine    

2016

Perfomance V, Nikola Đurković  Cultural Center, Kotor (Montenegro)

Mia casa, mia fortezza, GALLERIA CONTINUA / San Gimignano (Italy)

Hohulya with Denys Ruban, Detenpula gallery, Lviv (Ukraine)

Crypsis with Alice Nikitinova, PLATO – platform for contemporary art, Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Yours/Mine Бükü – Bureau for Cultural Translations, Leipzig (Germany)

Ostrava City , Gallery, Ostrava (Czech Republic)

2015

Yours/Mine, Small Gallery Art Arsenal, Kiev (Ukraine)

Experiments with Lada Nakonechna, BWA gallery, Warsaw (Poland)

Performance  The School of Kyiv - Kyiv Biennial 2015 National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Kiev (Ukraine)

Second hand Art , Zavod Platforma, Kiev (Ukraine)

Alterations, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck (Austria)

2014

Street Collection, residency, Baro Gallery, Sao Paolo (Brazil)

2013

Crowd, Moscow Biennale, Moscow (Russia)

Data Extraction, GALLERIA CONTINUA / San Gimignano (Italy)

2012

Crowd, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Asphalt, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland)

2011

City Project, Black Square Gallery, Miami (USA)

Invisible Forms, Mala Galereya of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Form of Light, public art, Kyiv ( Ukraine)

2010

The Guide, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Apple, public art, Lenin St., Perm (Russia)


2009

Monument to a New Monument, public art, Sharhorod (Ukraine)

Calculation, Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Calculation, Pop-up project, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2008

Graphs, public art, under the auspices of “City – Territory of Art” project, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

2007

Prace [Work] (together with Alice Nikitinova), Nod Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic and Mala Galereya of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2006

ORANGE SUMMER ‘06, Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Diamonds (together with Andriy Sagaidakovsky), Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Kyiv (Ukraine)

2005

ORANGE SUMMER II (together with Lesia Khomenko), Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

Ichihara - Puscha-Vodytsia, Ichihara Art & Mix Festival, Goi Station, Ichihara (Japan) 

Look! Exposing Art and Fashion, Marta Herford Museum, Herford (Germany)

Site-specific intervention, outdoors, Semmering Mountains, Vienna (Austria)

Truc a’ faire, curated by JR, Galleria Continua, Paris (France)

Swimming Wasn't Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2020

Why there will be women artists in Lvyv, Lvyv Municipal Art Centre, Lvyv (Ukraine)

Fear, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok (Poland)

WBS70 — fünfzig Jahre danach. Kunst off Plattenbau, Raskolnikow Kunsthaus, Dresden (Germany)

Fruits, Shanghai International Sculpture Project JISP, Shanghai (China)

Le Monument, le Labeur et l’Hippocampe, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse (France)

Still Still Life, Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere (Finland)

Fantastic Utopias, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Rocca di Angera (Italy)

Redemption Sale, Fondazione MACCA, Cagliari (Italy)

Crack Up, Crack Down, 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Uyazdovski castle, Warsaw (Poland)

2019

May you live in interesting times, 58th International Art Exhibition curated by Ralph Rugoff, Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

Hotel Europa, Tbilisi (Georgia)

Crack Up, Crack Down, The 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2018

The Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)

A space of one’s own, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Brave Factory festival, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Fantazery festival , Dragobrat (Ukraine)  

Porto Franko, Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine)

Permanent revolution, Ludwig museum, Budapest (Hungary)

2017

The Invisible Cities, UNAICC = National Union of Cuban Architects and Construction Engineers, Havana (Cuba)

The Festivities Are Cancelled!, Kyiv Biennial 2017, Ukrainian Institute of Scientific, Technical and Economic Information, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Anonymous Society, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Montezuma, Fontana, Mirko. La scultura in mosaico dalle origini a oggi, MAR - Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna, Ravenna (Italy)

Museum of the city of Svetlograd, Lisichansk Local History Museum, Lisichansk (Ukraine)

Biruchiy Festival 2017, Biryuchyi Island (Ukraine)

Gogolfest, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Urbs Sacra, Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen (France)

Stan zagrozenia, Pracownia duzy pokoi, Warsaw (Poland)

Continua Sphères Ensemble, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris, Paris (France)

Reconstruction of Memory, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (Czech Republic)

Art Prospect Bishkek: Breathing new life into green zones, Gareev Botanical Garden, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

The Story about Certain Histories, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (Poland)

2016

The School of Prosperity. A Class of the School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial 2015, MUSA, Vienna (Austria)

Переведіть мене через майдан (Make me cross the Maidan), Modern Art Research Institute of the Ukainian National Academy of Arts, Kyiv (Ukraine)

NaViyane, Shishaki Fest, Cinema O. Dovzhenko, Shishaky, Poltava, UA

Social contract, Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, UA

Bud'mo!, BWA Zielona gora, Zielona Góra, PL

On/Off. Museum (science) fictions, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR

The School of Prosperity. A Class of the School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial 2015, MUSA, Vienna, AT

De ne De, Institute of Scientific-Technical and Economic Information, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2015

Follia Continua! 25 years of Galleria Continua, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris, Paris (France)

Hope! Ukrainian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

The School of Kyiv. Leipzig Class, Seminar: Politics of Form, Leipzig (Germany)

The School of Kyiv. Karlsruhe Class, Lecturer: Alexandra Exter Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (Germany)

Biruchiy 10×15, 10th International symposium of contemporary art in Ukraine, Biruchiy (Ukraine)

Nad Bogom, cultural and artistic residence,  Cinema Rossiya, Vinnitsa (Ukraine)

Zone of peace and freedom Shishaki Fest, cinema O.P.Dovzhenko, Shishaki, Poltava region (Ukraine)

Recreation, Symposium of Contemporary Art, Irshansk, Zhytomyr region (Ukraine)

Master Art, Vozdvizhenka Art House, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Trotz allem, Polish institute, Dusseldorf (Germany)

Borderlands, Grad gallery, London (United Kingdom)

2014

Post Pop. East meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London (United Kingdom)

R.E.P. 10 lat . O metodzie, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (Poland)

Through Maidan and Beyond, Architekturzentrum, Vienna (Austria)

21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Sister europe, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt (Austria)

Everything and Nothing, Skuc Gallery, Lubljana (Slovenia)

Open City, Art Festival in Public Spaces, Lublin (Poland)

The Ukrainians*, DAAD, Zimmerstrabe, Berlin (Germany)

Occupation art, Artists Union, Ternopil (Ukraine)

Places, National History Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Fear and Hope, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Upstairs, Museum of Moscow, Moscow (Russia)

2013

Exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (Ukraine)

Lenin: icebraker, a special project of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, icebreaker Lenin, Murmansk (Russia)

Contemporary Ukrainian art scene, Uyazdovsky Castle, Warsaw (Poland)

Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine, Donetsk (Ukraine)

Monument to the Monument, Ukrainian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

Sopromat [strength of materials], ArtPlay, Moscow (Russia)

In the Heart of the Country, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland)

Ukrainian News, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland)

Coordinate System, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv (Ukraine)

2012

Practice, Lavra gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Spheres 5, Galleria Continua/Le Moulin (France)

Biryuchi012, Biryuchi Island (Ukraine)

Kyiv Sculpture Project, Grishko Central Botanical Garden, Kyiv, Ukraine

Contemporary Art Storage, courtyard of Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Double Game, Special Project, First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012, Kyiv, Ukraine 

False Mirrors, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Myth: Ukrainian Baroque, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (Ukraine)

GENDER - the Right to Self-construction in Patriarchy, Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Donetsk (Ukraine)

Apartment Exhibition Days “Zero Budget”, Kharkiv (Ukraine)

Angry birds, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (Poland)

Women’s Guild, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2011

Exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

On/Off, Art House, Moscow (Russia)

Art Training: join the urban game!, Wroclaw, Poland and Kyiv (Ukraine)

Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)

3+6, apartment exhibition, Moscow (Russia)

"Independent", Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Phantom Monuments, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (Russia)

2010

Ukrainian Art Platform, ART Paris, Paris (France)

Great Surprise, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Tape it, Оui Gallery, Grenoble (France)

Abstract Vision Test, Ya Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Those who arrived in the 2000s, CCA М17, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Eurorenovation in Europe, Kunstraum, Munich (Germany)

From City to City, Musical Theatre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

ЯКЩО / ЕСЛИ / IF, Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm (Russia) 

2009

The Conquered City, Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia)

New History, Kharkiv Art Museum, Kharkiv (Ukraine)

Views, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine)

On the Wall, LABgarage Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

MoskwApolice,  Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm (Russia)

No More Reality: Crowd and Performance, Depo Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey)

2008

Art as a Gift, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine (REP)

Transit, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Another city. Another life, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (REP)

No more reality, De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (REP)

Satellite Tunes,  National University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary (REP)

Alphabetical Order, Index Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

The Invisible Difference, Art Strelka Projects Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2007

ArchShargorod Festival, Shargorod, Ukraine

XV years, Vinzavod, Moscow (Russia) 

Witnesses to the Impossibile, 2 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Center of Art, Moscow (Russia)

Communities Project, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Generation UsA, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2006

Report Project, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

Modus R: Russian Formalism Today, The Newton Building, Miami Design District, Miami (USA)

Testing station, Skulpture Hus, Stockholm (Sweden)

Postorange, Kunsthalle, Vienna (Austria)

You?!, TSEKH Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

8=8, L-Gallery, Moscow (Russia) 
“Intervention” part of the project

24 Hours. Ukraine, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland)

Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art,Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York (USA)

hot ukraine cool ukraine, Moscow Center of Art, Moscow (Russia)

2005

Ukrainian Art and the Orange Revolution, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago (USA)

Intervention, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Control, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Do It Yourself, Art Strelka, David Ter-Oganyan’s showcase, Moscow (Russia)

Do It Yourself, Tomacz Vanek showcase, Prague (Czech Republic)

Orange Summer, Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia) 

Ukrainian Hermitage, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

Lost, Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

2004

R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space), Center for Contemporary Art, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Romanticism, Ukrainian-Polish project, exhibition hall of Ukrainian Artists Union, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

1st prize - Playing with archetypes, National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum”, Kyiv, (Ukraine)

2003

21 Views, Soviart Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

"Art-Klyazma", International Art Festival, Moscow (Russia)

2002

BiBikov Boulevard, Soviart Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine) 

Blue Mud, Guelman Gallery, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Awards

2018

Miami Pulse Prize

2014

Special Prize – Future Generation Art Prize

2013

PinchukArtCentre Prize

2012

Kazimir Malevich Artist Award 

Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award (Public Art)

Grand Prix – Kyiv Sculpture Project 

2011

PinchukArtCentre Special Prize 

Residences

2022

Upcoming

March - Domaine de Peyrassol (France)

2021

Una Boccata d'Arte II Edition, Fondazione Elpis, Tolfa (Italy)

2019

Fondazione MACC, Sardinia (Italy)

2016

Dukley European Art Comunity Budva/Kotor (Montenegro)

2015

Air Circulation Bergen/Voss (Norway)

"Nad Bogom" cultural and artistic residence,  Cinema Rossiya , Vinnitsa (Ukraine)

2014

BARO residency, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2013

a-i-r Laboratory, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky Castel, Warsaw, Poland

2009, 2010, 2011

Shargorod-Rafinad, Shargorod, Ukraine

2008

LIA-Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany

Permanent works

2021

Fruit, M17 Contemporary Art Centre, Kyiv (Ukraine)

LANDMARKS (Found Figure), Tolfa (Italy)

2019

Origami (Deer), Pokrovsk (Ukraine)

Diary, bicycle parking, Pokrovsk (Ukraine)

2018

Origami (Grus), Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine)

2013

Fountain-mushroom, Biruchiy Island. Zaporizhia region (Ukraine)

2011

Form of Light, Peyzazhna Alley, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2010

Apple, Lenin St., Perm (Russia)

2009

Monument to a New Monument, Lenin St., Sharhorod (Ukraine)

2008

Bench–Graphs, City – Territory of Art project, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Curatorial Projects

2021

Swimming Wasn't Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium, under the curatorship of Zhanna Kadyrova and Maya Kolesnik, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Fantazery, festival for Contemporary Arts and Electronic music, Dragobrat, Carpathian Mountains (Ukraine)

Collections, Museums, Foundations

RUSSIA

Museum of Contemporary Art, PERMM

State Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin

EUROPE

Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

Colleccion SOLO, Spain

Kunsthalle Praha, Pudil Family Collection, Czech Republic

Kontakt collection, ERSTE Stiftung, Austria

Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw, Poland

Arsenal Gallery, Poland

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

UKRAINE

Izolyatsia, Platform for Cultural Initiatives

Mystetski Arsenal