The artistic practice of Elena Khurtova is characterised by a combination of individual and collaborative trajectories.
From 2009 she has been working as an artist duo with Marie Ilse Bourlanges.
The duo-practice of Khurtova and Bourlanges is positioned at the intersection between formal and conceptual, where materiality and temporality play an essential role. Their work explores the paradox between transformation and its inherent loss, in variable formats of large-scale transient installations, performances, transformative sculptures and artist books.
Khurtova and Bourlanges's work has been exhibited internationally, among others in Looiersgracht 60 (NL), Arti & Amicitiae (NL), Kunsthalle Lottozero (IT) and Korean Ceramic Biennale. In 2019 Khurtova and Bourlanges were awarded the prestigious grant “Proven talent” from the Mondriaan Funds (NL) and the artistic research fellowship of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
In conjunction with her artistic practice, Elena Khurtova teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, The Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam and curates exhibitions in the field of design and architecture.