Elena Khurtova (born in Samara, RU),is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Reflecting on the interplay of fragility and resilience of human and environmental conditions, her work explores the overlapping notions of care and control. She works across performative and sculptural installations, drawings and artist books, building poetic relationships with concrete and fluid materials and mapping the transience between human and nonhuman agencies. In her recent projects, she focuses on collaborating with soils.
Khurtova studied at University of Architecture of Samara, Russia and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She was artist in residence at Atelier Holsboer, Aix-en-Provence, and EKWC - European Ceramic Workcentre. Khurtova's work has been presented internationally at institutions like Contemporary Art Centre 3bisF, Manifesta biennial #13, Kunsthalle Lottozero, IT, Amsterdam Museum, Zone2Source, Looiersgracht 60, Arti & Amicitiae, Sonic Acts Bienniaal, NL.
She is currently participating in the research programme Third Cycle in Artistic Research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where she was awarded the artistic research fellowship. In conjunction with her artistic practice, she teaches at the Art and Research programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie / UvA and the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, NL.
From 2009 to 2019 Elena Khurtova has been working with Marie Ilse Bourlanges within artist duo Khurtova & Bourlanges.
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