Meeting with Polina Kanis


From 17 August 2016




West Gallery


The new artist talk in Garage's improvised salon in the West Gallery will introduce visitors to the young Russian video artist Polina Kanis in conversation with Adrey Kovalev.

Polina Kanis was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1985, and is a graduate of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (2006) and the Rodchenko Art School (2011). In 2011, she was awarded the Kandinsky Prize (Best Young Artist) for her video installation Eggs, in which the artist caught eggs with her skirt. A bold comment on female sexuality and gender stereotypes, the work also parodies one of the early Soviet computer games. In 2016, Kanis received the Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Media Object) for her 2015 short The Pool, in which actors slowly and silently walk into the pool until they disappear under water. Since 2012, Kanis has had solo exhibitions in Moscow, Kiev, Saint Petersburg, and Baku. Influenced by theatre and dance traditions through attending classes as a child, Kanis revisits themes from the works of old masters in order to translate them into the language of contemporary art.