Lyubov Matyunina

Lyubov Matyunina (Russia/ The Netherlands) Residence: June 2019

Lyubov Matyunina is specialised in moving image, textile and masks and based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She holds BA in Fine Arts from Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) and Master’s degree in Journalism from BFU (Russia). Her solo show Carpetologia was presented at W139, Amsterdam (2017). Her film-carpet was part of the ART Rotterdam 2018; "Who can be happy and free?" (2014) and got TENT Academy Public Choice Award in Rotterdam (2014). Participant of group exhibitions and festivals including “Post Peace” at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2016); 5'th Moscow biennial of contemporary art (special project Plaing Nature) (2013) and others.

Lyubov Matyunina uses literature and current events as a starting point. In her artistic practice, she aims to push the boundaries of traditional documentary filmmaking and capture a sense of the absurd. She uses journalistic methods combined with performance, art installations and textiles to create a multidisciplinary platform to explore her ideas. She uses fairy tales as both a way to rethink supposedly inherent societal values and reflect on present crisis, especially transparency, virtual reality, social media and the Internet.

During her residency period, the artist aims to explore plan to collect and rethink myths and fairy tales that are still alive in the region. Based on this selection Lyubov plans to make masks and a video work.

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