фото: Саша Коваленко. Киев, 2019 / photo: Sasha Kovalenko, Kyiv, 2019
Uliana Bychenkova is an artist, curator, designer and researcher. She was born in 1986 in Kerch. She studied at the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts at the Department of Graphics in the workshop of book design and illustration (2011), after which she moved to Moscow, where she graduated from The Higher Academic School of Graphic Design (2014) and The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (2015). Uliana took part in the interdisciplinary summer school of theory and practice of artistic research, Vilnius (2014). From 2016 to 2017 she studied at the School of Engaged Art led by the Chto Delat group in St. Petersburg. In 2020, she studied at the course of feminist writing by Galina Rymbu organized by the “Feminist Workshop” in Lviv.

Focuses attention in art on application, clarifying and reassigning from the standpoint of feminist revision: power dispositions in the urban space (“Urbanfeminism”); asymmetries of symbolic power in the professional field (within the framework of the projects of collectives “Pripoy!”; “WTTDH!”); the status of decorative and applied arts (in the projects “U,N,A collective”; “WTTDH!”; “Witchcraft”); as well as reflecting on the precariousness (“Flying Cooperation”) and politicizing laziness (“Where do you get the money and what do you do all day?”). Uliana shows interest in conceptualisation of children's culture and fairy tales (“The Cave of the Golden Rose”; “Supercalifrajilisticexpialidoshes”). As methods, she practices feminist artistic research, intersection of disciplines, strategic imagination and tactical inventions, which are formalized through a variety of mediums, including feminist self-publishing , musical performance, ceramic objects, conceptual terms, etc.

︎︎︎participant and initiator of a number of associations:
Female ensemble of noise music “Pripoy!” (2013–2017, Moscow); artivist self-publishing initiative “Urbanfeminism” (together with Alexandra Talaver, 2015–2017, Moscow); the collective of precarious life hackers “Flying Cooperation” (since 2015); feminist art duo “Welcome To The Doll House!” (together with Zhanna Dolgova, since 2016); craft decor “Witchcraft” (together with Alena Petit, since 2016); design research trio “U,N,A collective” (together with Nika Kudinova and Alena Solomadina, since 2017, Kyiv); creative association for the production of filmstrips and situations of collective viewing “Supercalifrajilisticexpialidoshes” (together with Pavel Khailo, 2020, Kyiv).

︎︎︎curatorial projects:
Exhibition of artists from provinces and capitals of Ukraine and Russia “Coordinate system. Exhibition, discussion, experiment”, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, 2013 (together with Alina Kleitman); Design research exhibition project “Sign. Ukrainian trademarks of the 1960s–1980s”, Small Gallery of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2017 (as part of the U, N, A collective); International feminist art project “Cave of the Golden Rose”, Closer Art Center, Kyiv, 2019 (together with Anna Scherbyna, Zhanna Dolgova and Valentina Petrova).

︎︎︎personal exhibitions:
Gallery “VovaTanya”, Kharkiv, 2012; Experimental Center for Contemporary Art “Tea Factory”, Odessa, 2011; Artel Gallery, Zaporizhzhia 2009.

︎︎︎selected group exhibitions and festivals 2010–2020:
“Museums and controversial history” performance program of the international action “Museums at Night”, Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, 2010; Exhibition of video art “GMO", curated by Alina Kleitman, gallery “At Rosa’s”, Kharkiv, 2010; Curatorial project by Mykola Ridnyi “Newspeak”, Small Gallery of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2011; “Habitat”, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv, 2011; Festival of Young Art “Non Stop Media”, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, 2012 (first prize, head of the jury Viktor Misiano); Exhibition of Kharkiv art, curator Sergei Popov “Surroundings”, CCI Fabrika, Moscow, 2012; Exhibition of the figurative project “Exposure”, gallery “VovaTanya", Kharkiv, 2012; Festival of activist art “Media Impact”, Artplay, Moscow, 2013; “Ukrainian News”, The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2013; Curatorial project by Maria Kotlyachkova “The Right to Be Forgotten”, C-ROOM, Stockholm University, Frescati Campus, Stockholm, 2014; International project “Feminist (Art) Criticism”, TSEKH space, Minsk, 2014; The Rodchenko School's diploma exhibition “What to say when there is nothing to say?”, Udarnik, Moscow, 2015; “Fem Frontier” festival of feminist initiatives, TOLK gallery, Nizhny Novgorod, 2015; Festival “Poor Dialectics”, Rosa's House of Culture, St. Petersburg, 2016; Festival “Opportunities, not bouquets!”, Center Red: Artist run space, Moscow, 2016; “The Politics of Fragility”, curated by Boris Klyushnikov, Gallery “On Shabolovka”, Moscow, 2016; Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage, Moscow, 2017; “Holiday of Disobedience”, Rosa's House of Culture, St. Petersburg, 2017; “Ice cream porcelain sets interweaving”, Rosa's House of Culture, St. Petersburg, 2019; Performance at the opening of the exhibition-series “Armed and dangerous”, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, 2019; “Witchcraft”, Rosa's House of Culture, St. Petersburg, 2020; Week of events “Work Hard! Play Hard!”, Minsk, 2016–2020; Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage, Moscow, 2020; “VYSTAVKA-CHITANKA” (exhibition-reading), space Kryla, Kyiv, 2020.

Since 2017 she has been living and working in Kyiv. 

фото: Полина Поликарпова, Киев, 2020 (специально для YourArt) / photo: Polina Polikarpova, Kyiv, 2019