2011-09-17 - Perofmance festival 9 DAYS, parallel program of the fourth Moscow Biennale – SOLYANKA STATE GALLERY, Moscow
During her nine-day performance, artist Elena Kovylina intends to test some of the practical techniques aimed at achieving immortality.
Today the special methods used in ancient and modern studies, offering the achievement of aforementioned objectives, can be found in abundance in bookstores in sections such as "Mystery and the unknown," "Spiritual," "The path to one’s self," and so on.
This is not only an exercise of eye revival, but also the meditation of Merkabah, the exotic types of yoga, the Holotropic Breathwork, lucid dreaming, and much more.
Even if the artist will not be able to disappear, having become a flash of light, like the Prophet Elijah, she will at least try to look beyond the physical dimension.
Each day will be devoted to another practice. The public will be informed on the day of the performance.
2011-01-11 - Exhibition Statement: I advocate feminism – Kultur Kontakt Austria Wien
Who is feminist today?
As it happens with every notion scandalized in the mass media, feminism was torn to vulgar pieces, cliche and manifests instead of being deeply discussed and understood in the due time. Historically, if a talk of women springs up then men are its point of departure. And thinking about it, ordinary mind would picture an image of a man hater, the one of a woman who doesn't have passion for men and is not willing to attract them. Another image (of a feminist) will be of inaccessable lady that gives men odds and laughs at them while being sexually desired.
Would you like a cup of coffee? Or burn the world of bourgeois
2010-09-08 - Center for contemporary culture CARAGE. Moscow
Would you like a cup of coffee? Or burn the world of bourgeois! by Elena Kovylina ELENA KOVYLINA Elena Kovylina and her performances are known for their irreconcilable radicalism. Her performance Would you like a cup of coffee? Or burn down the world of the bourgeois! brings together provocative political statements with radical artistic gesticulation. Kovylina invites viewers to join her at a refined tea party. After a few minutes of enjoying tea with the artist at her table, she unexpectedly sets the tablecloth on fire.
2010-01-14 - solo show painting, oil on canvas, video – Analix Forever gallery, Geneva
Elena Kovylina spent the summer of 2009 in residency at Analix Forever. Le Malentendu presents the work realized during this residency, when the performing artist turned back into being a painter during summer time so as to reintegrate her own subjectivity into her video-performances. Le Malentendu refers to the impossible hierarchization of the artistic forms manipulated by Kovylina.