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Ustina Yakovleva

Devfto x Independent Artist

USTINA YAKOVLEVA born in 1987 in Moscow. In 2009 she graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University (Graphics Faculty) and in the same year graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Ustina was resident in Gridchinhall residency and NCCA residency in Kronstadt, Russia, in 2014. Shortlist of art prize for young artists STRABAG, Vienna, 2014. Works are in private collections in Russia, England, France, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands.

She creates works without sketches, as she is interested in self-forming composition as part of the creation process; drawing develops as a living creature, taking new forms throughout the work. Individual elements like the beads, stitches, and lines construct my structures and form my visual language. In her works, she uses an automatic writing process which binds the time into the material form. Her practice revolves around labor-intensive contemplative practices that navigate my works. She defines herself as a process-based artist embedded in the nature and the traditions of my north Russian heritage. Through long running meditative and pagan practices Ustina creates objects, installations, books and paintings, all as an effect of time and locale.



Solo exhibitions


"Porato basko", with Ulyana Podkorytova, Art Museum of Arctic exploration named after Borisov, Arkhangelsk

"Russian Witches", with Alina Glazoun and Lyudmila Baronina, Centrepoint Artwall, Basel, Switzerland

One-piece exhibition at Between Windows space, Moscow


"Conversion" with German Lavrovsky, Dreiviertel art space, Bern, Switzerland

Solo show at Centrepoint Artwall, Basel, Switzerland

Solo show at Vyksa art-residence, Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod oblast

"Temporal Touch", Anna Nova Gallery, St.-Petersburg


"Ambience", with Andrey Dmitrenko, Center for contemporary art Zarya, Vladivostok


"Occupation", Agora Collective, Berlin, Germany

"Morphologien des Wandels", Kabinett Auktion & Antiquitäten GmbH, Berlin, Germany

"Spine of Twilight Lady" with Ilya Romanov, Kultproekt gallery, Moscow


"Inner Surface", Triumph Gallery, Moscow

"Inversion", AA collections / Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria


"Ust-Tsilma", Start, Moscow Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow

Selected Group exhibitions


The 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of contemporary art "Immortality", Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant, Ekaterinburg

"Everything is not what it seems", special project of the 5th Ural Biennale, Ivan Slovtsov Museum Complex, Tyumen’

"Fringe", Gallery Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland


"Everything is not What It Seems to be" within "Bazhov-Fest", Ural NCCA, Ekaterinburg


“Hooray! Sculpture!”, CEH Manege, Saint-Petersburg

“Structures. Fraсtals”, Kultproekt gallery, Moscow


"Nominibus trivialibus, synonimis selectis / Simple Names, Selected Synonyms",

MGU Botanic garden, parallel program of the 5th Moscow biennale of young art, Moscow

"Feet in the water, head in the clouds", Exhibition Space Here on Taganka, Moscow

"T!LT", Paris, France


"Urbi et Orbi", Special project of 6 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, RGGU,

Department of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

"Urbi et Orbi", Special project of 6 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, RGGU,

Department of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

"Sculptures we don’t see", Central Exhibition Hall Manege, Moscow


"Detective", Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art


"Price", III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Agency. ART RU, Moscow

"Russian Renaissance", Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria


"No Translation", International Culture Project Art-Residence, Moscow – Special Project of

IV Moscow Biennale "Russian Landscape", Guelman Gallery, Moscow


"Do not disturb" (NAUKA 254), "Intimate capital", "Rare species" (CCI Fabrika) – projects

in the framework of the 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art


"Can’t take it anymore", Voronezh Centre for Contemporary Art

"Save as", group show at Armyansky pereulok 13, Moscow

"Art after the End of History", Central House of Artists, Moscow

"Let me think", Red October factory, Moscow – Special project of the III Moscow Biennale

Project Gallery

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