Video artist and curator born in Moscow in 1979. Lives and works in Moscow. Has MA in linguistics. Studied art history at the Institute of Art Business and Antiques (Moscow) and fine arts at the School of Contemporary Art "Free Workshops" (Moscow). 

 

Natalia's solo show at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) "What is the Time" (2016) was dedicated to one of the issues that occupies her most of all: the category of time.

 

In her works the artist simulates atemporal reality by means of improvisation, free camera movement, rapid changes of scene without any attempt at unity. Natalia is also involved in routine studies, aesthetic revaluation of the everyday. 

Artist's Statement

Self portrait. Natalia Monakhova. Video art.

Philosopher Alexander Piatigorsky said that a philosopher doesn’t have to be useful, he is here to do philosophy. I think, we can say the same about an artist. An artist is here to do art, make it go on. 
 

In a self-portrait video «Prelude» I turn the wheel of a broken children’s carrousel imagining that this is a piano. I keep on turning looking for a sound.

I know that it is useless, I know that both the piano and the carrousel are broken. Still I enjoy it. 
 

It is the same with art. Nowadays it is probably the most impractical thing to do. It is so, especially if we talk about videoart,

which is absolutely non-commercial, at least in Russia. But I keep on filming, keep on searching, because I want art to go on. I enjoy it. 
 

On a formal level, as well as on a content level I try to get rid of concreteness, completeness and perfection. The reality is not perfect and  I’m not a perfect person, not a perfect woman, not a perfect mother etc. But I believe that in art, just like in the boundless Abbey of Thelema, there’s a room for everyone. And my room is called «imperfection». I create my own anti-utopia, but it’s not frightening, it’s poetic and sometimes even funny. I work with ordinary, useless things looking for harmony without perfection, celebrating the reality as it is. 

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