Yelena Vorobyeva & Viktor Vorobyev

Artist

Yelena Vorobyeva, born in Turkmenistan in 1959, and Viktor Vorobyev, born in Kazakhstan in 1959, are conceptual artists living and working in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev are conceptual artists whose artistic practice deals with the archival photography of the everyday, with a perspective unique to Central Asia. The artists begun their collaboration since the 1990s and many of their photographic works display an accumulation of everyday objects and subtle humor to reflect on social developments in the post-Soviet era. Using these portraits, the artists insert small, subtle and humorous subversions on the official photographs, transforming these objects of authority through humor.

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Solo Shows

2010

Kazakhstan. Blue Period, Impronte Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

2009

Tarjama/Translation, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Queens Museum of Art, New York

Making Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2008

The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art From Central Asia, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Bose Pacia, New York

2007

Time of the Storytellers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2005

The Blue Period, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy