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Women at Work: new exhibition aims to subvert the feminine in post-Soviet Russia

10 July 2018

London’s White Space Gallery is launching a new exhibition celebrating the women artists transforming Russia’s contemporary art scene.

Women at Work: Subverting the Feminine in Post-Soviet Russia will showcase the work of four established women artists — Tatiana Antoshina, Vita Buivid, Olga Tobreluts and Gluklya — alongside upcoming talent Lera Nibiru.

“Collectively, the artists presented in this exhibition offer an antonym to a post-Soviet artistic landscape otherwise synonymous with its leading male figures,” says gallery curator Anya Stonelake. “Their works provide us with an alternative narrative of contemporary Russian art; one rendered not in the image of man, but in the image of woman.”

By mixing pop culture icons and art history with their own dash of irony, each artist brings their own challenge to traditional ideas on sexuality, femininity and gender in the post-Soviet space.

“Their practice does not only make comment upon the changing nature of Russian identity under capitalism, but the changing nature of female Russian identity under capitalism,” says Stonelake.

Women at Work: Subverting the Feminine in Post-Soviet Russia will run at White Space Gallery from 13 July to 15 September 2018. For more information, click here.