Ambiguous agent of change...

art, fashion & theory

Yelena Myshko

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine
Based in Zutphen, the Netherlands

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2021 Copenhagen 60Seconds Festival Award (shortlisted)
2019 Kunstschouw Award (2nd place awarded)
2019 Walter Koschatzky Art-Award (nominated)
2018 BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner (nominated)
2017 Hendrik Muller Fonds (awarded)
2017 ArtEZ Profileringsfonds (awarded)
2009 HKU Jan van Scorel Fonds (awarded)

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

2021 After is Now, 14th Edition Copenhagen 60Seconds Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2021 AUSTRAL from the Virtual Realm, AUSTRAL Performance Art Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2021 V International Biennial of Nude “Marko Krstov Gregović”, Public Institution Museums and galleries of Budva, Budva and Petrovac, Montenegro
2019 Concept the 5th International Exhibition of Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo, South Korea
2019 Walter Koschatzky Art-Award, MUMOK Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria
2019 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, Connecticut, USA
2018 PerfoArtNet International Biennal of Performance, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia
2018 Endangered Bodies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Temporal and Corporeal: a broad scope on performance art, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio, USA
2014 ULTRA FEMINIST, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 One Hour Art: first hour, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Galerija Marko Krstov Gregovic, Spomen-dom Crvena komuna, Petrovac, Montenegro

2020-2022 An Artist Residency in Motherhood, self-funded
2019 Arts Unfold: Naked State residency, Fonds Kwadraat loan

2020 CHRONICLES of CONFINEMENT: Europe Conference, online

2014 Sacred Genital Alignment, SWEAT, group show, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2014 The Pussy Alignment, ULTRA FEMINIST, group show, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Joyce Overheul (NL), David Frankovich (CA), Melanie Bonajo (NL), Ruchama Noorda (NL), Jasper Griepink (NL), Toine Klaassen (NL), Fleur Ouwerkerk (NL), Leandro Cardoso & Caetano Carvalho (BR), Chto Delat? (RU), Andrea Crews (FR)

2017-2018 MSSc, TEMA Genus, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
2013-2017 MA, ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands
2006-2010 BA, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands


Yelena Myshko is a multidisciplinary artist based in Zutphen, the Netherlands. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1985. Myshko holds a BA from Utrecht School of the Arts, MA from ArtEZ University of Arts and MSSc from Linköping University. Her background is in fashion design and gender studies, in addition performance art plays an integral part in her practice since Myshko was introduced to it in 2005.

Her interest in politics led to an affiliation with the international protest group FEMEN for two years. Myshko participated in bootcamps and actions in Germany, France and the Netherlands, eventually becoming the leader of FEMEN Netherlands. This experience influenced her artistic tone of voice and visual language.

Myshko exhibited in the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, Montenegro, Russia, South Korea, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and USA. She was nominated for the BLOOOM Award 2018 (DE), Walter Koschatzky Art-Award 2019 (AT) and won 2nd place at Kunstschouw Award 2019 (NL). Her work is published in the news, magazines and books.

Artist Statement

As an ambiguous agent of change, I propose an alternative perspective on topical societal issues by projecting them on my body. I perform in front of the camera to create intimate images that reach the audience through reproduction, turning to social media, newspapers, magazines, and TV to document and spread my work. In this way, I explore identity production of this day and age.

Speaking my truth no matter the consequences, clashes with the world. I try capturing this moment and grab attention to provoke associative thinking. As a result, my work is often unsettling; it pinches and makes you look twice.

I employ mundane aspects of ordinary life as a weapon to destroy conventional beauty and propose a counterfeit. Whether I abandon make-up, pick everyday objects, blunt body language or choose costume, body paint, and elegant movement, the challenge always is to use simple means in resourceful ways.

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