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Mother/Land animation still


Yuliya Lanina

scheduleThursday, August 24, 2023 - Sunday, November 5, 2023
placeCentral Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Gallery (2nd Floor)

About the Exhibit

ARTIST RECEPTION | Thursday, August 24, 6-8pm, in 2nd floor gallery

FILM SCREENING | Saturday, November 4, 1:30-2:30pm, in 2nd floor gallery

Yuliya Lanina’s exhibition, titled Mother/Land, delves into the artist’s complex relationship with the war in Ukraine. Through animation, sculpture, and installation, Lanina continues her introspective exploration of the emotional and physical impact of war and trauma. The exhibition’s centerpiece is a large animation she created during her residency at Artpace composed from emotionally charged ink drawings she started making since the war began. The continuous scroll of images represents the artist’s experience of the war from afar. Accompanying this moving animation is a soundscape by Nina C. Young containing fragments of melodies from the Ukrainian national anthem, sirens, and birdsong. Lanina’s drawings will also be the view. 

About the Artist

Yuliya Lanina is an interdisciplinary artist whose work exists at the intersection of visual art, performance, and technological innovation. She creates alternate realities in her works—ones based on trauma, sexuality, loss, and identity. A secular Jew of Ukrainian descent who was born and raised in Moscow, Lanina arrived in New York in 1990 as a political refugee. There, she established herself as a pioneering artist on the cutting edge by combining digital technologies with handmade media.

Lanina’s honors include Fulbright US Scholar (Vienna, Austria), Headlands Art Center (CA), Artpace (TX) and Yaddo Fellowship (NY). Exhibitions include SXSW (TX), Seoul Art Museum (Korea), SIGGRAPH (Japan), 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Cleveland Institute of Art (OH), Museum Ludwig (Germany) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia).

Lanina is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Mother/Land animation still