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Anna Zvyagintseva

Born 1986 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv. Zvyagintseva studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv. She was a finalist in the 2010 MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists Prize. She has been a member of the curatorial group Hudrada since 2010, and in 2011 was co-founder of ISTM (Art Workers’ Self-Defense Initiative).

With a keen sense for drawing and for use of materials, Anna Zvyagintseva captures traces of daily life, encounters, coincidences or autobiographical facts in her sculptures, drawings and film works. Her young oeuvre takes the form of an intuitive diary preserving moments, ideas and actions, which otherwise would be lost.

Selected exhibitions: 

2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland

2013 – “FILM PAPIER”, Galerie La Box, Bourges, France

2013 – “Court experiment”, curated by Hudrada, SIZ Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia

2013 – “Trusting movement”, Shcherbenko Art Centrer, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 – “Disputed Territory”, Mykhailo Kroshytsky Sevastopol Art Museum, Ukraine

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Zvyagintseva has chosen one of the hundreds of drawings she made of daily household labour such as washing dishes. She has selected a fragment of that drawing and transforms it into the monumental sculpture of a drawing, using iron rods for the pencil lines. Through this transformation, the banal act of washing dishes is abstracted, dealing with the idea of labour itself.