Engaged Feminist Maker

Art, Fashion, Theory

Yelena Myshko

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine
Based in Arnhem, the Netherlands

2019 Walter Koschatzky Art-Award nomination
2019 Fonds Kwadraat loan
2018 BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner nomination
2017 Hendrik Muller Fonds grant
2017 ArtEZ Profileringsfonds grant
2009 Elle NL Stylist Award semi-finalist
2009 HKU Jan van Scorel Fonds grant

2012 Gen Y Folk: anthropology of digital culture, ROAM, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 One Hour Art: second hour, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands

2019 Concept the 5th International Exhibition of Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
2019 Kunstschouw Westerschouwen, Fletcher landgoedhotel, Renesse, the Netherlands
2019 Discobal #2: Other, Extrapool, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2019 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, Connecticut, USA
2019 PerfoArtNet Manifestos of Gender, Race and Relations, Sala de Exposiciones ASAB, Bogotá, Distrito Especial, Colombia
2019 Oops!404: interdisciplinary installation, Liebig12, Berlin, Germany
2018 PerfoArtNet International Biennal of Performance, Bogotá, Distrito Especial, Colombia
2018 Endangered Bodies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Tallahassee International Exhibition, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
2018 Artist Statement #3, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
2018 Temporal and Corporeal, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio, USA
2017 The Frozen Chernozyom, Prospect Revolutsii, Voronezh, Russia
2017 Surgery Slave, The Nave Clinic, London, United Kingdom
2017 Dufus Tedious, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2017 Beyond Fashion, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014 Asalto!, Espacio Trapézio, Madrid, Spain
2014 ULTRA FEMINIST, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2013 Inf.Ins, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2012 Artists bound by fashion, The House of Rising, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Six degrees of separation, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Project Mousewalk, Noorderlicht Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 HKU Fruit Fest, Het Huis, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 One Hour Art: first hour, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 ZWART GAT, Zeedijk 6, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2009 ROES, Oudegracht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

2019 CENTRE POMPADOUR laboratoire du néoféminisme, Château Lafoutte, Ercourt, France
2019 Naked State by Arts Unfold, Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, Sharon, Canada

Melanie Bonajo (NL), Ruchama Noorda (NL), Jasper Griepink and Toine Klaassen (NL), Leandro Cardoso and Caetano Carvalho (BR), Chto Delat? Collective (RU), Andrea Crews (FR), And Beyond Studios (NL), Lena IVANOVA (UA), Martin Butler (UK/DE)


Yelena Myshko is a multidisciplinary artist based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1985. Yelena studied Fashion Design, Fashion Strategy and Gender Studies. She is working with performance since 2010.

Her interest in politics led to an affiliation with international feminist protest group FEMEN for two years. Yelena participated in boot camps and actions in Germany, France and the Netherlands and became the leader of FEMEN Netherlands. This experience influenced Yelena´s artistic tone of voice and visual language.

Yelena exhibited in the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Portugal, Colombia and USA. She was nominated for the BLOOOM Award in 2018 and Walter Koschatzky Art-Award in 2019. Her work is published in various magazines and books that promote emerging artists.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice is grounded in my lived experience. As a woman I have a subjective point of view, as a feminist I am interested in this subjectivity as critique on social construction of art. I extrapolate existential tension points within my socio‐cultural environment and project them on my body. Through my body I construct a subversive perspective on the female nude.

I am aligned with aesthetics of the literature genre Dirty Realism that, according to Bill Buford “is said to depict the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life in spare, unadorned language”. I use everyday objects to construct thought provoking situations. The challenge is to use simple means in resourceful ways.

The character of my work is indebted to Fluxus, female and feminist artists of the 1970’s. I am influenced by the social change of that time. In particular, I continue in the footsteps of Hannah Wilke and appropriate her performalist self-portrait. This is performance in front of the camera that can reach a broader audience through reproduction.

With my performalist self-portraits I explore the phenomenology of identity production. I take snapshots until I captured a moment that communicates emotionally. My work is ambiguous to grab attention and provoke an associational thought process. This allows me to create an engaged female identity that is a reflexive actor instead of an object in art.