svetlana shuvayeva

Installation. Mannequins, cotton dresses
Variable sizes

Daisy is a metaphor for the unexpected danger emanating from a source that had until then appeared completely harmless. The name refers to the famous Czechoslovak new wave film Daisies (1966) by Vera Khitilova, which recounts the story of wonderful, kind and at first sight harmless young girls, who are actually driven by a latent destructive energy, impudence and aggression. The goal of Sveta Shuvayeva’s project is to examine the language of daily street culture – the hostile words and abusive language spontaneously surfacing in the city and obscene expressions addressed throughout eternity. The artist started out from actual street captions discovered on fences, walls and stands. The fragments of daily life collected by Shuvayeva in the collection, appropriated, transformed artistically and experienced directly during the reproductive process, also served as the basis for her words, determining at the same time, the particularities of form and colour, dictated her by reality itself.   – Darya Atlas

Svetlana Shuvayeva was born in 1986 in the city of Bugulma (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia). In 2003 she moved to Samara, Russia, where she studied at the Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Svetlana Shuvayeva has lived and worked in Moscow since 2010. In 2013 she opened in Moscow her own apartment gallery Svetlana, where alternative exhibitions of Russian and international artists were held. She has participated in more than 20 solo and group exhibitions, including Scans (Two Points Gallery in Tolyatti, Russia), Mounting Tapes, (Marat Guelman Gallery in Moscow), Pie from the Sky (apartment exhibition in the House on the Embankment in Moscow), Book (New Space Gallery, Samara, Russia), Capture (Viktoria Gallery, Samara), Mostly/Specifically (Perm Museum of Modern Art in Perm, Russia), On. Off. (Special project for the Fourth Moscow Biennale, Art House in Moscow), Alarm (Special project of the Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria), + 3 (Samara Art Museum, Samara, Russia), Angry Birds (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland), New Сircumstances, (National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Ekaterinburg, Russia), Nothing of the Sort (Special project for the Fifth Moscow Biennale, Museum of Moscow in Moscow), Coordinate system (Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine), HER (Zarya Centre for Modern Art in Vladivostok, Russia) and others. She lives and works in Moscow.