Ilmira Bolotyan

Ilmira Bolotyan was born in Chuvashia in 1980. An artist and curator with a PhD degree in philology, Ilmira lives and works in Moscow. She studied at Anatoly Osmolovsky’s BAZA Institute for Contemporary Art (2013) and the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2015). She is a co-founder of the artist-run space Centre Red.

Bolotyan’s paintings and graphic works include figurative anthropomorphic images, studies of the representation of gender and “femininity” in contemporary visual culture, and painterly marginalia. In her participatory projects, Ilmira creates different social situations: from inviting the audience to determine the nationality of an unknown woman to asking men out on a date in the museum.

In 2018 Ilmira Bolotyan’s project “Date in the Museum” was nominated for the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award in the category “The Best Visual Art Project”.

Solo exhibitions:

2017 Date in the museum, Fragment Gallery (Moscow)

2018 Nominee of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award. “The Best Visual Art Project”. The project “Date in the Museum”
2016 Kandinsky award – nominee “Curatorial Project” (as part of Centre Red)

Festivals and Biennale:

2015 “East. Deconstruction”. The special Project of 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow)
2012 Shanghai biennale within Haunted Moscow program (Shanghai)

Selected group exhibitions:

2018 Perfect age, MMOMA. Special project “Focus” of the 6th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art (Moscow)
2018 Based on these new dependence, we define five normal forms, MMOMA. Together with the Goethe-Institute’s project “Space for Art” (Moscow)
2018 Exhibition of the nominees for the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award, Kuryokhin Cener (St. Peterburg)
2018 Social media: the habit of consistency, Central Museum of Communications named after A.S. Popov (St. Petersbrg)
2017 Spiel mit mir, Zverevsky center (Moscow)
2017 Transparent borders, Centre Red (Moscow)
2016 The City in Personal Time, Fragment Gallery (Moscow)
2016 Genius work, Centre Red (Moscow)
2016 Watch and learn, Centre Red (Moscow)
2016 Relax, Belyaevo Gallery (Moscow)
2016 Alchemy painting, Zverevsky center (Moscow)
2016 Personal Communications, MMOMA (Moscow)
2016 Syrup, Centre Red (Moscow)
2015 Futuristic mimicry, Mayakovsky Museum (Moscow)
2015 Mastering the freedom, CCI Fabrika (Moscow)
2015 Sub observatorium, MMOMA (Moscow)
2015 Nothing will grow together because nothing belongs together, Olavsvern naval base (Tromso, Norway)
2015 Dirty Linen, Centre Red (Moscow)
2015 Body, Centre Red (Moscow)
2015 Image of the enemy, Centre Red(Moscow)
2014 Drawing the trial, International Memorial (Moscow)
2014 Heroine of Our Time, Gallery 69 (Oslo)
2014 The living corpse, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow)
2014 Introduction, Ground Khodynka (Moscow)
2013 Here! The Museum of Moscow (Moscow)
2013 Feminist pencil, Art Play (Moscow)
2013 Children of the 3rd culture, Festival Village “Pacific Meridian” (Vladivostok)
2013 Our business, CCI “Fabrika” (Moscow)
2013 11 suitcases for the road, Stella Art Gallery (Moscow)
2013 Night at the museum, Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)

Curatorial projects:

2018 Thumbelina, CCI Fabrika (Moscow)
2017 The Alienated Body, Fragment Gallery (Moscow)
2017 First Triennial Of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Ar (Moscow)
2017 Stem of the Black Grass, CCI Fabrika (Moscow)
2016 Psycho, CCI Fabrika (Moscow)
2015 Body, Centre Red (Moscow)
2015 A-Art, F-Feminism. Actual dictionary, ISS MAG (Moscow)
2015 Ordinary martyrs, Centre Red (Moscow)