Zhenya Machneva
St. Petersburg
Zhenya Machneva was born and works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1988. In 2011, she graduated from the department of textile of the Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. In 2012–2013, she completed the School of Young Artists educational program provided by the PRO ARTE Foundation and the North-Western branch of NCCA.

She took part in the New Museum Triennial 2018 (New York) and international biennials: the Ural Industrial Biennial (Ekaterinburg, 2015, 2017), the International Biennial of Young Art (Moscow, 2012, 2018). She was nominated for the 2013 Sergey Kuryokhin Prize (St. Petersburg, 2013). Laureat of the Institut Francais programme for the Cite Internationale des arts residency in 2017 (Paris).

Her artistic work is closely linked with a rare technique of tapestry weaving. In her woven canvases Zhenya often depicts industrial landscapes and still lifes.
Zhenya Machneva arrives in Yekaterinburg for the third time to join the artistic residence. In 2015 and 2017, the artist took part in Art Residences of the Ural Industrial Biennale. Both times, the topic of artistic research was the fixation of elusive images, and the method was based on peculiar translation of artistic materials.

Thus, being in a residence at the Kasli factory of architectural and artistic casting, Zhenya sourced facts about the factory life of metal (which just now liquid, orange-scarlet, hot - instantly becomes hard, pale, cold), in order to borrow casting skills for her art - Tapestry weaving. Using this seemingly planar way of expression, she conveyed volumes and masses of metal - until (after a Parisian residence) she created an airy, light spatial image of the "White Pavilion" (2017), which reproduces the famous Kasli pavilion in almost life-size.

On this visit, having looked closely at the Shishim hill area, Zhenya chose wooden houses as her research object. From an ordinary urban perspective, they are most likely perceived as features of an elusive era, of nostalgic beauty.

Looking at them, we tend to admire, regret losses, but often forget to ask ourselves about their function. These houses, the neighbors of the residence, captured by the camera's lens, by graphic drawings, appear as a collective image inside a small frame on a finely woven fabric.

In the course of exploring wooden, non-functioning beauty Zhenya purchased an old loom from the residents of the North areas of Sverdlovsk region. It is spectacular, but some of its details have been lost over time. Will Zhenya manage to restore the machine and put it into operation during the residence, or will it remain a decorative element?


6 JUNE, Saturday

Communication exercise without communication
Check if "shop window communication" works. Observe the work of the artist through the panoramic windows of the residence, ask questions. We keep a distance, measure dysfunction.

The event is held offline at the residence. The artist is inside, the audience/interlocutors are in front of the window, on the street.
13 JUNE, Saturday

Elegant but not practical
Zhenya Machneva
We hold an artist talk outdoors. We come to the site in front of the residence, keep a distance, use our own gadgets to follow the artist's presentation.
20 JUNE, Saturday
Translation game
Details will be announced later
27 JUNE, Saturday
Chronicle of the Incomplete
"Open studio" or look at the results of the residence by visiting the artist's studio. We invite to the studio only by prior registration – no more than 4 people in 30 min.