Olia Sosnovskaya is an artist, researcher and writer. She engages in textual, performative and visual practices, intertwining the notions of festivity, collectivity, affect, score and the political within the post-socialist contexts and beyond. Member of artistic-research group Problem Collective and Work Hard! Play Hard! working group

born 1988 in Minsk, Belarus               

 

EDUCATION

2018 – current   PhD in Practice // Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

2013 – 2015   Master of Arts. Choreomundus - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage // Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway; Blaise Pascal University (UBP) Clermont-Ferrand, France; University of Roehampton (URL) London, UK; Scientific University of Szeged (SZTE) Szeged, Hungary

2011 – 2013   Master in Sociology. Sociology, Cultural Studies: Visual and Cultural Studies // European Humanities University (EHU) Vilnius, Lithuania

2007 – 2011   Bachelor in Communications and Information. Media and Communications: Visual and Cultural Studies // European Humanities University (EHU) Vilnius, Lithuania

 

INFORMAL STUDIES

2017 The Politicality of Contemporary Choreographic Practices, Lublin Culture Center (Lublin, Poland)

2015 'Chto Delat' collective's Summer School of Engaged Art, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Berlin, Germany)

2010 – 2012   'Vytis Jankauskas Dance Theater' Contemporary dance studio, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

RESIDENCIES

2019 Ställbergs Gruva / The non existent Center (Ställberg, Sweden)

2018 What’s there to learn: Self-Education for Self-Educators, an (im)practical conference & a convivial residency, Free Home Universit​y (Castiglione d’Otranto, Lecce, Italy)

2018 Sweet Home: Research residencies in domestic spaces (as part of WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! working group), hablarenarte (Madrid, Spain)

2018 CAMP AS ONE grassroots residency, pension "Chernomorsky" (Vityazevo, Russia)

2017 1/2/8 - Demanding Responses (as part of WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! working group), PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany)

2017 Art Prospect (supported by CEC Artslink), Suburb Platform (Yerevan, Armenia)

2017 Civic Media Lab (Dnipro, Ukraine)

2016 Free Home Universit​y (Lecce, Italy)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 'Pose, Subordination, Festivities and Hedgehogs' group exhibition, Aperto Raum (Berlin, Germany)

2019 'Paroles - Académie des Beaux-Arts de Vienne' collective event, La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris, France)

2018  'With No Exception! In process' group exhibition, Y gallery (Minsk, Belarus)

2018 'Escapism. Training Program' group exhibition (as part of WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! working group), Fabrika CCA (Moscow, Russia)

2018 'Utopia, place doesn't exist' group exhibition, Gallery-canteen XYZ (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 'The Kyiv International – Kyiv Biennial 2017' (Kyiv, Ukraine)

2017 '5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art' (Odessa, Ukraine)

2017 'Material Fatigue', Norbergfestival (Norberg, Sweden)

2017 'Construction Festival' festival of new media and audiovisual art (Dnipro, Ukraine)

2017 'Unsound Dislocation x Mental Force' electronic music and media art festival (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 'Names' group exhibition, Korpus (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 'Artes Liberales' art & education festival, Y Gallery (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 The School of Engaged Art Chto Delat public program, D.K. Rosy (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

2016 ''The Specific Emotional': Between the Repetition and the Event' group exhibition, Liljevalchs Hubb (Stockholm, Sweden)

2016 ''The Specific Emotional'': Between the Monument and the Ritual’ group exhibition, KX Space (Brest, Belarus); in the framework of ‘Month Of Photography in Minsk’ photo festival (Belarus)

2016 ‘Le Smanie per la Villeggiatura’ group exhibition, Suppiej & Zanato Summer Studio (Preganziol, Italy)

2016 'Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival', Earth and Man Museum (Sofia, Bulgaria)

2016 ‘Techno Trance (Paradise Is Now)’ group exhibition, Under Bron (Stockholm, Sweden)

2016 ‘Dotyk Queer Festival' (Minsk, Belarus)

2015 ‘The School of Kyiv’ Kyiv Biennial 2015 (Kyiv, Ukraine)

2015 ‘The Dimensions of Emptiness’ group exhibition, Y Gallery (Minsk, Belarus)

2015 ‘Everything What Is Solid Melts into Air’ group exhibition, Maksim Bogdanovich Literary Museum (Minsk, Belarus)

2015 'LAPSody 2015' 5th International Conference & Festival for Live Art and Performance Studies, University of the Arts Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)

2015 'BY NOW Contemporary Photography from Belarus' group exhibition, ifa-Galerie Berlin, Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (Berlin, Gemany)

2014 'The Right to Be Forgotten' group exhibition, C-ROOM, Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)

2014 'XXY' group exhibition, Y Gallery (Minsk, Belarus)

2014 'Foreign Affairs' International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Berliner Festspiele (Berlin, Germany)

2013 'BY NOW Contemporary Photography from Belarus' group exhibition, CECH (Minsk, Belarus)

2013 'BY NOW Contemporary Photography from Belarus' group exhibition, OFF Piotrkowska gallery (Lodz, Poland)

2013 'Former West' Research Congress, Haus der Kultur der Welt (Berlin, Germany)

2010 'Oil Painting' group exhibition, Y Gallery (Minsk, Belarus)

2010 'Videoakt' International Videoart Biennal (Barcelona, Spain)

 

CURATING

2019 'WORK HARD! PLAY HARD!' Side Affects Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok and eeefff. Various locations (Minsk, Belarus)

2018 'WORK HARD! PLAY HARD!' Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok and eeefff. Various locations (Minsk, Belarus)

2018 'YES EVERYTHING NOW #2': Dotyk Queer Festival opening party. Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok. (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 'WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! TRANSMISSION' Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok and eeefff. Various locations (Minsk, Belarus)

2017 'YES EVERYTHING NOW', Dotyk Queer Festival opening party. Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok and Johan Norling. Gallery-canteen XYZ (Minsk, Belarus)

2016 'WORK HARD! PLAY HARD!', a week of tours, lectures, performances, talks, workshops and parties. Co-curated with Aleksei Borisionok and eeefff. Various locations (Minsk, Belarus)