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Alina Kopitsya

Born 1983 in Poliske in the Kyiv region, Ukraine. She lives and works in Boyarka in the Kyiv region. Kopitsya received her diploma in graphic arts from the National Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Since 2008 she has been working in upcycling art and participated in the International Recycling Art Festival of Catalonia, Barcelona, and the On the Street festival in Istanbul.

Gender relations, sexual behaviour and fetishism are subjects of the textiles, sculptures and performances of Alina Kopitsya. With an uncomplicated, humoristic approach her provocative work addresses social taboos, unveiling the possibility of a passionate sexual drive free from gender-political relations and social expectations.

Recent exhibitions:

2012 – “Women’s workshop”, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 – “Gender in IZOLYATSIA”, Medpunkt, IZOLYATSIA – platform for cultural initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine

2012 - “MUHі 2012” nominees exhibition, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine

2011 – Pre-auction exhibition “Simply. Art”, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv 2011 – “Muzychi Christmas Art Fair”, village of Muzychi, Ukraine

Kopitsya’s project at the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 presents a new erotic sculpture, a black silicon sphinx, together with a performance that invites the audience into a sublimated sexual game. The installation deals with the possible innocence and playfulness of sexuality, its infiltration of our daily life in daily encounters and its underlying liberating capacity.