Katya Ev1

Katya Ev

Graduation year




Russia, 1983

«Katya EV develops an oeuvre that is made of "discrete performances" to the political charge in the highest sense, but which does not let itself be confined to the simple categories of dissent or protest, nor the slogan. Her common theme is, undoubtedly, the eminent actual question of the relationship to the norm. A relationship that is more moving and evanescent than ever by the exhaustion of grand meta-narratives of legitimation».
Text by Fabrizio Donini Ferretti

«Through setting up research-based site and time specific “dispositifs” (fr. -apparatus), involving performances, processual sculptures or constructed situations, Katya EV’s oeuvre attempts for a poetic transformation of the status quo putting in tension political strength and means for liberation. Her focus lays in the issues of power, anonymity, censorship, state regulations, the relation between the individual and the collective, everyday gestures, freedom and control.

Vasilyeva’s performances seek to interrogate our potential of agency as individuals in specific socio-political contexts. She constructs her “dispositifs” as pluridimensional temporal and spatial whole that gain its strength in their relationship to specific context. Different levels of contextualisation combining the gesture, the place, it’s topography and spacial characteristics, and the event as a social ritual interact to subvert symbols of power to create symbolic intensity.

A powerful paradox of her artworks resides in how the artist allows the context to then take control back over her own construction and their codes. Her performances, intense processual explorations that engage physicality, repetitive work, long-lasting temporalities, and put social and political issues in critical perspective are seeking to trigger a reaction but remain fundamentally open. They create interstitial spaces where answer is never articulated, while political empowerment is engaged through symbolic shifts».

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2019, Sofia Caesar, Photo Laure Cottin Stefanelli

Open Studios 2019

24/05/2019 27/05/2019
  HISK - Open Studios
HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
In a Long Blink of an Eye, exhibition shot. Photo Laure Cottin Stefanelli & Manuel Wetscher

In a Long Blink of an Eye

17/12/2020 31/01/2021
HISK Gosset site, Gabrielle Petitstraat 4, Brussel, BE HISK - Laureates Exhibition
New Songs for Old Cities

New Songs for Old Cities

23/01/2021 28/02/2021
Netwerk Aalst, Houtkaai 15, Aalst, BE HISK - Exhibition
Deafening Songs


11/02/2021 - 19:30 20:30
Netwerk Aalst, Aalst, BE Talk
Katya Ev Augenmusik performer Camille Porte de Bercy 4credit Mathilde Geldhof 1 low
Netwerk Aalst, Aalst, BE Performance

Tarot Editions

02/04/2021 25/04/2021
019, Gent, BE Exhibition
We will never surrender, Lieven Segers, 2021

Zonder kunstenaars geen kunstboek

18/06/2021 - 18:00 19:00
BOTANICC, Antwerpen, BE Book launch
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Exhibition
Fiat Lux, 2021

Fiat Lux

18/11/2021 06/02/2022
Pilar, Brussel, BE HISK - Alumni Exhibition