Maryna Semenkova, Ukraine
Maryna Semenkova (b. 1983) is a socially-engaged multimedia artist and researcher from Odesa, Ukraine. The main directions of her art practice are self-identification in the urban environment, and existential and eco feminism. A distinctive feature of her work is performance, photography and collage technique.
Maryna, like a surgeon, cuts reality into fragments, including not excluding herself. She seems to offer the viewer to disassemble reality into separate parts and reassemble it at their own discretion.
Professionally trained as a lawyer, she has been practicing meditation and psychotherapy since 2008. The basis for her work is her own reflection and psychotherapy. Maryna believes that ecology begins in the minds of people: a conscious attitude towards oneself leads to ecological values and, accordingly, to the ecology of the environment.
Having traveled a lot, and lived in India for three years, Maryna learned the comfort of her own life as a woman, and observed how women live in other countries. She has explored the degree of freedom for women in social and family spheres and believes that in the post-Soviet space people are not sufficiently aware of what feminism is, they are hostile towards and wary of this “Western” word. She sees it as her mission to cover this topic and to draw attention to it.
On February 28, 2022 she left Ukraine due to the invasion by the Russian Federation.
CV & Portfolio
Maryna at the Atelier 11, March 26, 2022
As part of the residency at Atelier 11, Maryna recreated her experience witnessing the war in Ukraine through an immersive multimedia performance and in-situ installation.
On view by appointment: April 15 - May 10, 2022
Opening and Performance: Thursday, 14 April
Closing event: Monday, 9 May, 18 - 21h
Maryna Semenkova's residency with L'AiR Arts has resulted in the following further engagements in France:
- Residency and exhibition, Galerie Huit, Arles
- Carte Blanche performance "The Vyshyvanka" at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
- Panel talk «Refugees. Geopolitics of exile» with Christophe Ono-dit-Biot (Le Point) and Nathalie Herschdorfer and Pascal Hufschmid, co-curators of the exhibition To Heal a World from the archives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
- Group exhibition, Apollonia, Strasbourg
- PhotoDoc Paris with Galerie Huit