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Katya Ev (ekaterina vasilyeva)

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 in 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.

artist-member of Jubilee (Be),  PAF (performing arts forum, Fr), Level Five


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, Liège (Be)

          Carrozzone, gallery This Is Arcade, Brussels (Be)​​

2021  Fiat Lux - Pilar, Brussels (Be)

          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

          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  KASK Curatorial Studies, Ghent, 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

          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)


2024  Kunsthal Gent - Gent (Be) - upcoming

2024  CC Strombeek / Jester - Genk (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, interventions

2024  Royal Conservatory of Brussels - teaching (invited) -  on the ballet 'Rite of Spring'

2023  De Marketen (Be) - participatory workshop, with @radical_hope

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

          BUDA (Be), 'Assembly of Practice', Emptor collective research

          BUDA (Be), screening of the film 'Nothing/ Doing_Axelle Peduzy'

          Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels - teaching (invited) - on Fair Practices and Fair Pay

2021  KASK Curatorial Studies (Be), - teaching (invited) - on Fair Practices and Fair Pay,

       Garage Museum,(Ru) - round table on the exhibition 'Fifth Wave', special project of the 2nd Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art

          Ateliers of Garage Museum (Ru) -  artist talk, residency program

          Netwerk Aalst (Be) - artist talk Deafening Songs. On Voicing, Artistic Freedom and Censorship

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

2019  FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Fr) - video screening 'Augenmusic', Public Pool #6,

2018  Galerie Dix9 (Fr) - hommage to Oksana Shachko (Femen)

2016  Moscow University of Humanities (Ru) - artist talk

2015  Performania Festival (De) - film screening 'Axe de Revolution'

          Cité Internatonale des Arts (Fr) - performative conference, "The Voyarist

          Festival "Media-Udar", Center Krasny (Ru) - artist talk and video screening with Oksana Shachko

2014  Winzavod Art Center (Ru) - artist talk

          Gallery Elektrozavod (Ru) - artist talk, residency program

2012  Lavoir Moderne Parisien (Fr) - film screening 'Terrain I Vague'

2011  La Malterie, Lille, France - artist talk, residency program

Research / Scholarships / Awards

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

2023               Flemish Community, Department of Culture, Youth & Media (Be)  - project delevopment 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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