Anastasia Potemkina was born in 1984 in Moscow. She graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. As part of the Urban Fauna Laboratory group, she presented her works at the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011), the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and the 1st Triennial of the Bergen Assembly (2013). She was a Kandinsky Prize nominee in 2015.
Anastasia Potemkina works with various means of image transmission, from drawings and photographs to the staged performances with actors and sound installations.
To many of us Degas’s ballerinas are not anchored in the XIX century, the time where they were drawn and painted. Unquestionably, they are timeless symbols of method and harmony. On them, on the reproduction of a painting from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Anastasia Potemkina intervenes with her pencils amplifying the physical boundaries of the rehearsal room. She makes it travel through time and brings it to the recent present, yet her new stories printed on the silk prints keep living in a universal time.