Ukraine, Ukraine Encounters, 2022


Iryna Kudria (b. in 1986 in Kyiv, Ukraine) is a female artist and researcher. She graduated from the National Academy of Statistics, Accounting, and Audit and studied contemporary art at the School of Visual Communication in Kyiv as well as with the Chto Delat “What is to be done?” collective at the School of Involved Art in Saint Petersburg. She also participated in the “dance or choreography school” organized by TanzLaboratorium and was active as a member of the feminist movement. Since 2015, she has worked independently as an artist in various media with an emphasis on video installation and video performance. In her works, Iryna reflects on themes of physicality, identity, and success, and addresses issues of historical memory and modernity. Since 2020, she has conducted research on Babyn Yar—a world famous location in Kyiv and symbol of the “Holocaust by Bullets,” where she leads specialized concept tours. Kudria has participated in various research and artistic projects including: Radically Different Society, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York (2021); as a PinchukArtCentre Prize, Kyiv (2020) nominee with her work Women’s stories with Kira Terentyeva; Spinning Wheel, Sword and Deer, Stanica Luganska Regional Museum, Lugansk region (2018); Work hard! Play hard! Transmission, Мinsk, Belarus (2017); What in me is feminine?, Visual Culture Research Center, Кyiv (2015).

Iryna Kudria stayed in Berlin in October/November 2022 with a fellowship from the DAAD Encounters with Ukrainian Artists Program.

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