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Katya Ev (ekaterina vasilyeva)

°1983, Moscow, USSR / lives and works in Brussels (Be) 


Katya Ev’s performative practice explores institutional critique, issues of power and control, and the potential for

individual agency within dominant power structures in relation to specific political situations or events. Ev lives and works between

Paris and Brussels, and recently completed the postgraduate residency at HISK, Ghent, after graduating from Beaux-Arts de Paris

and completing an MA in Political Science at Lomonossof University, Moscow. Her work has been exhibited at i.a. National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, Athens (2022), Netwerk Aalst (2021), MHKA (Antwerp, 2020), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2018), the 6th Thessaloniki Biennal (2017, parallel programme), Winzavod Art Center (Moscow, 2015, 6th Moscow Biennial special project) among others.

associate artist of Jubilee (Be),

member of FAP (Be), NICC (Be), sci of PAF (performing arts forum, Fr)


HISK, Ghent, Belgium (2019-2020)
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France (2007- 2012)
Master in Political Science, Moscow State University Lomonosov, Russia (2000-2005)
Sciences Po Paris, France (2003-2004)

Performances / Site-specific Projects 

2022  Ne rien faire contre rémunération - participatory performance - New Space - Liège (Be)

2021 To hear with eyes (situational re-performance) - De dag van de toekomst festival - CC de Factorij, Zaventem (Be)​

          To hear with eyes (situational re-performance) -  Storm opkomst festival, De Warande - Turnhout (Be)

        Performative Walk, Netwerk Aalst - streets of Aalst, Belgium

          Visitors of an Exhibition Space Are Suggested to 'Do Nothing', ed.0, Gosset site, Brussels, Belgium

2020  Last, performance, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

          One Might Dare To Say That Hysteria Is A Caricature Of A Work Of Art, performative journey, Venise, Italy

2019  Augenmusik, re-performance, streets of Gent / University of Gent, Gent, Belgium (curated by Bart de Baere)

          (Le plus objet des objets), infiltrated performance, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France (curated by Azad Asifovich)

2018  Gravity Boot, performance, KASKO, Basel, Switzerland (curated by Ivan Isaev & platform blind_spot)

          To Hear With Eyes, re-performance of Augenmusik, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

          Iceberg-18010813. Blue Room, expanded performance, unknown basement, Moscow, Russia (commissioned by platform blind_spot)

2016  Augenmusik, expanded performance, streets of Paris, France (commissioned by La Box - ENSA, Bourges / Galerie Mansart, Paris)

2015  Giorgio Agamben Fries an Egg, performative journey, Grado, Italy (commissioned by Moscow Biennale)

        To Paul To Matthew To Philip, performance, Olavsvern - ex-NATO military base, Norway (commissioned by Gallery Kurant, Tromso)

          Human Voice. Translations, virtual performance, Church Saint-Eustache, Paris, France

2014  Axe De Révolution, expanded performance, streets of Moscow, Russia

          Feuilles Mortes, ephemeral sculpture, Moscow State Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum Kolomenskoe, Moscow, Russia

Solo/ Duo Shows

2022   Entretenir vaut mieux, New Space, Liège (Be) - with Marc Buchy - curated by Dorothée Duviver

2018  Etat d'Exception. À Oksana, Galerie Dix9, Paris (Fr)  - curated by Fabien Danesi

2017  Human Voice. Replayed, ISSMAG Gallery, Moscow (Ru) - with Hanna Zubkova - curated by Sasha Burenkov
2016  Axe de Révolution, Galerie Nivet - Carzon, Paris (Fr) - with 
Hanna Zubkova 

2014  Piece For Resistance. Other's Dialogue On Revolution, Gallery Elektrozavod, Moscow (Ru) - with Hanna Zubkova

2011  Mindmap, La Malterie, Lille (Fr)  - with Elizaveta Konovalova

Group Shows

2022  Statecraft (and Beyond), EMST - The National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens -  Athens (Gr)

          Tout dans le cabinet mental - Le Credac - Ivry (Fr)

          Art au Centre #8, window displays, Liège (Be)

          Carrozzone, gallery Arcade, Brussels (Be)​​

2021  Fiat Lux - Pilar, Brussels (Be)

          La Musée: Le discours sur le bonheur Ta(r)dino 6, Novembre Numérique - online

          Orangerie, Het Paviljoen - KASK Curatorial Studies, Ghent (Be)

          Sonsbeek Quadrinal ' 20--->24, Agora - HISK, Arnhem,  NL

          Fifth Wave, Garage Museum - Special project of the 2nd Triennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

          New Songs for Old Cities, Netwerk Aalst, Belgium

          In a Long Blink of an Eye, HISK final show, Gosset site, Brussels, Belgium

          Tarot Editions, 019, Ghent, Belgium

          Upside Down, DOC, Paris, France

          Le Temps Est Détraqué, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France

2020  Zonder Kunstenaars Geen Kunst, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

          From Scratch To Scratch (online) KASK Curatorial Studies, Ghent, Belgium

          Zommersalon 2020, Kunsthal Gent, Gent, Belgium

          Artivirals, Maaltebruggekasteel, Gent, Belgium

2019  Over my (dead) body, Gallery Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium (curated by Azad Asifovich)

          Point Zéro, Galerie Chloé Salgado, Paris, France

          Architectures Intérieures, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Val-de-Seine, Paris, France

2018  DO DISTURB#4, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

          I Am Not A Robot, ElectroMuseum, Moscow, Russia (curated by Olga Deryugina )

          Something Happened, Mairie du XIII, Paris, France (curated by Jean-Christophe Arcos)

          Make It Yourself, Centre Culturel Douta Seck, Dakar, Sénégal (curated by Yves Chatap)

2017  The pros and cons of hitch hiking, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Arts - Parallel Program, Thessaloniki, Greece

          Tinto. Without Tinto, Flash Expo Project, Brussels, Belgium

          Persistent in changing nothing: revolution by political profanes, Galerie Mansart, Paris, France - Galerie Iragui, Moscow, Russia

          Correspondances / Vasistas/ Le regard à travers la fenêtre/ Il se passe quelque chose entre nous, Galerie Mansart, Paris, France

2016  The End of the World, Centro Pecci, Prato, Italy (curated by Fabio Cavalucci)

          La Nuit Blanche 2016, Le Viaduc des Arts, Paris

          Traduire c'est trahir, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (curated Sasha Pevak & Azad Asifovich)

          YIA Art Fair, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris

          Psycho, Art Center Fabrica, Moscow / Moscow Young Biennale of Contemporary Art, Special Project (curated by Ilmira Bolotyan)

          Là où nous sommes. Regards d’artistes sur l’anthropocène, espace Jussieu, Paris (curated by Collectif Marcel)

2015  Meta-geography, National Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art - Special Project (curated by Nicolay Smirnof
          Leaving Tomorrow, Art Center Winzavod, Moscow / 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art - Special Project (curated by Ivan Isaev)
          Nothing Will Grow Together Because Nothing Belongs Together, Olavsvern, Tromso, Norway - Gallery Kurant

          - 8/+2, Galerie Mansart, Paris

          Stranger Than Paradise, Curry Vavart - CP5, Paris (curated by Ekaterina Shcherbakova)
          Bomb, Center « Krasny », Moscow (curated by Borya Kluchnikov)

2014  Plant-it, Mansart Gallery, Paris (curated by Azad Asifovich)
          Comfort Moderne, Clovis XV, Brussels, Belgium

          Beauty of disgraceful, Art Center Belyaevo, Moscow, Russia (curated by Andrey Erofeev)


2023  Kunsthal Gent - Gent (Be) - upcoming

2023  KANAL Centre Pompidou - Brussels (Be)

2022  PACT Zollverein  - Essen (De) - in the framework of the curatorial residency of Ta(r)dino 6

2018  Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland in the framework of the curatorial residency of the platform blind_spot​

2015  Gallery Kurant ( former NATO military base Olavsvern), Tromso, Norway

2014  Gallery Elektrozavod, Moscow, Russia

2012  Le Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris, France

2011  La Malterie, Lille, France

Talks & Screenings

2023  participatory workshop - De Marketen (Be) - in the framework of the residency Spring Refuge by @radical_hope

2022  Archiving performance: between artistic poetics and institutional politics, symposium, University of Antwerp - CKV, MHKA (Be) 

           "J'aimerais ne pas", conference by Dorothée Duvivier en écho à la performance Ne rien faire contre rémunération, JAP - New Space, Liege (Be)

2021  Reading Room #16. Doing Nothing, Caveat (Be) - with Vanessa Joan Müller

          Master Class on Fair Practices and Fair Pay - Reflections with in the invisible work within the art parctice, KASK Curatorial Studies, Ghent (Be)

        Round table - Fifth Wave - Special project of the 2nd Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum, Moscow (Ru)

          Artist talk, Garage Workshops - residency of Garage Museum, Moscow (Ru)

          Deafening Songs. On Voicing, Artistic Freedom and Censorship, talk, Netwerk Aalst, Belgium

2020  artist talk, Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris, France - journées d'occupation par La Horde and “Don't Give A Fuck” 

2019  Public Pool #6, video screening, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

2018  Hommage to Oksana Shachko, curated conference, Galerie Dix9, Paris, France

2016  Axe de Revolution, film screening, La Colonie, Paris, France

          artist talk, University of Humanities, Moscou

2015  Axe de Revolution, film screening, Performania Festival, Berlin, Germany

          performative conference, "The Voyarist" project, Cité des Arts, Paris, France (curated by Ekaterina Shcherbakova)

          artist talk and video screening with Oksana Shachko, Festival "Media-Udar", Center Krasny, Moscow, Russia (curated by Pavlo Mitenko)

2014  artist talk, Winzavod Art Center, Moscow, Russia

          workshop with young public, Na Kashyrke Art Center, Moscow, Russia

          artist talk, Gallery Elektrozavod, Moscow, Russia

2012  Terrain I Vague, film screening, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris, France

2011  artist talk, La Malterie, Lille, France

Research / Scholarships / Awards

2023               Flemish Community Commission, Brussels (Be) - trajectory grant, visual & performing arts

2023               Walloon-Brussels Federation, Directorate of Contemporary Visual Arts (Be) - creation grant

2022            Jubilee, platform for artistic research, Brussels (Be) - collective artistic research 'Emptor'

2021 - 2022   Flemish Community, Department of Culture, Youth & Media (Be)  - artistic research scholarship

2013 - 2016    Université Paris-1 Sorbonne, Paris (Fr) - Phd research scholarship 

2015               Kandinsky Prize, Young Generation (nomination) – Moscow (Ru)



M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium 

IKOB - Museum of Contemporary Art, Rotenberg, Belgium

Friends of S.M.A.K. - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium

Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium

HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium

private collections (FR, RU, BE)

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