Yelena Vorobyeva & Viktor Vorobyev


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.


Solo Shows


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


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

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


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


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


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