Andrey Kovalev welcomes Taus Makhacheva, recipient of Kandinsky Prize (2016) and Innovation Prize (2011) and participant of the Moscow Biennale.
Taus Makhacheva (b. 1983 Moscow) is a Russian artist who studied at Goldsmiths, University of London; Royal College of Art (London) and the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art. She lives and works at Moscow.
One of the most striking and versatile artists of her generation, Makhacheva works with subjects of personal, national, and global interest and in a broad range of media. She is able to make an artistic statement by cooking a pudding, as well as through more common media, such as photography, video, sculpture, and installation. Awarded the Kandinsky Prize (Young Artist, Project of the Year) in 2016, she sometimes performs under the name Super Taus. Tackling the history and the current development of her native Dagestan, she offers a witty and original take on political and cultural issues of the region, its heritage and contemporary state, producing works that are exotic and universally accessible at the same time.
Taus Makhacheva’s work was featured in the main project of the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), 11th Shanghai Biennial (2016); 7th Liverpool Biennial, (2012) and the group exhibition Museum ON/ OFF at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016). She has had solo shows in London, Istanbul, Leipzig, Moscow, and Makhachkala among other cities. Her works are in a number of major museum collections including Tate Modern (London).