Introducing New SomoS Researcher Ksenia Yurkova

from: 01.07.2017   to: 01.08.2017

SomoS is pleased to announce new resident researcher, Russian artist Ksenia Yurkova.

Educated and working between Russia and Finland, Yurkova will fulfill a one month residency program to continue her current project, “Backbone Memories,” dealing with the political aspect of food in relation to trauma, survival and reconstruction of collective imagination.

Yurkova’s interest in the 1941-44 Leningrad Blockade gave her the chance to conduct some studies about the comparison between besieged humanity and the caged animals in a zoo.

Her residency at SomoS will bring her to interview Berliners who believe in the causes of vegetarianism, veganism, dumpsters diving, green activism and guerrilla gardening among others.


Ksenia Yurkova is a Russian artist currently based in Helsinki. She works primarily with photography, video and artist’s books. The main focus of her interest is language: the varieties of its substance, the possibility of conversion, its mythological aspect, stereotyping (the question of personal and political self-identification and identification by others), problems of memory, attitudes, and reliance. Ksenia Yurkova has taken part in numerous shows and festivals worldwide. At the moment she is studying towards her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.


Ksenia Yurkova homepage


SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program

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SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists, curators, researchers and academics wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The residency, normally completed within three months, is focused on production, experience, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. Staying at SomoS, participants become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin. More info about SomoS’ artist residencies