Sasha Saltanova
Video, performance, installation
Born 1989, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Sasha Saltanova turns to the study of the industrial heritage of the Urals through poetic images and finds them everywhere: in urban space, in everyday life. In her works, industrialism interacts with individuality, revealing new worlds: lyrical, sometimes even fairy-tale.

The artist is attracted by the functional beauty of everyday life. An installation of nearly folded tables ("Waiting") or a woman engrossed in her work ("Grandma washes her boot covers in the snow") - her works show great attention to every instant.
Sasha Saltanova sees herself as a resident of a large industrial city, who brings her dreams and desires to life through her works: In the photo series "Northern Lights in my City" she seeks to capture invisible light. In the installation "Snowdrops" and the series of collages "Vegetation" she returns to the nature lost in pursuit of industrial progress of the city. In the installation called "Small Town", she places a town in a cradle, to express a caring attitude towards a large town, treating it as if it was a small child.
One of the main themes of the artist is seeing miracles in everyday life. Sasha asks a question: is a person ready to believe in miracles after seeing them in everyday life? (Video "Once").
Selected works
object, installation
Iron harvest / 2018
Installation. Iron bars.
Created in association with Sergey Laushkin.

The source color / 2018
Found item from the factory Vtorchermet, alkyd paint.1500x1500.

Created in collaboration with Sergey Laushkin

Small town / 2015
Installation. Cradle, light box, sound.

Commissioned by 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Town symbol / 2013
Beresovskiy is a small town in the Urals where gold is mined. Its name originates from "beresa" - "birch tree" in Russian.
Taste of the district / 2013
Performance consisted of 3 parts: gathering of Mountain Ash berries in different parts of a particular city district, and thus transforming this process into a residential area research; making a liquor using locally produced spirit; a degustation of the liquor ("area concentrate").
Gas tells a fairy tale / 2016 / 0:32
Video refers to the legend by famous Ural writer Pavel Bashov "Ognevushka-poskakushka", in which natural gas is personified as a fairy girl.
The quintessence of Uralmash / 2016 / 0:23
There is a huge heavy industry factory in Yekaterinburg called Uralmash, which gave birth to big residential area with the same name. It still has a lot of old Soviet playgrounds around. Weary metal constructions on them correspond to the feeling of hard mechanical work on the factory, with the same monotonous actions. Kids grow up and become workers on a factory as their parents. The game continues.
Once upon a time / 2016 / 0:35
2013 - Ural state University of architecture and arts (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

  • 2016 Мatadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • 2015 Barents Eco-Art Academy, Murmansk, Russia
  • 2015 Plurality Space, Omsk, Russia
  • 2014 Greenhouse of social technologies, Warsaw, Poland
Group exhibitions
  • "Taming the Void," NCCA, Moscow, Russia
  • "School", Ural Branch of the NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "Bazhov-Fest", Ural Branch of the NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 3-rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, main project, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "Pair Skating", Ural Branch of the NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "NE TEMNO 2014" Light Art Festival, Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "NE TEMNO 2013" Light Art Festival, Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "What was not", Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "NE TEMNO 2012" Light Art Festival, Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • BRURAL: Art / & / of / vs / or / Design, SET Gallery, New York, USA
  • "A Gift To Birds", Berlin, Germany
Solo exhibitions
  • "Scanography", Semenovskaya Library, Branch No. 11, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • "Weekend", Art space "Vyhod", Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • "IZOLENTA", SKB-Kontur Gallery, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Curatorial projects
  • "Open album", Photographic Museum "Metenkov house" (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
  • "Elmash air castles", Photographic Museum "Metenkov house" (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
  • "361 Fahrenheit", Gallery "Sweater" (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
Foundation artists

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