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Born in 1971, Moscow. Lives and works in Moscow.
Kovylina studied at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, the F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich, and the Universität der Künste Berlin. Her work has been shown in international exhibitions and screenings, including such venues as the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design, Miami, Tirana Art Biennial, Albania, Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, Lulea Art Biennale, Sweden and Moscow Biennial.

Elena Kovylina uses a range of media including video, film, installation, and performance. Her first performances took place in the late 1990s, when she was testing the strength of her body—as well as the emotions of her audience. Kovylina does not shy away from confrontation. Indeed, many of her actions emphasize social critique in harsh or satirical ways. Her targets are conceptions of identity and Russia’s political and social structures.

This video shows the project Equality (Egalité). It is a statement by the artist of a modern democratic society, which, in her opinion exists as a utopian idea of modernity, Kovylina believes this society differs by its duality in political, social and cultural spheres which do not allow for social inequality to be overcome.


Elena Kovylina