toxic feminist maker

Art, Fashion, Theory

Yelena Myshko

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine
Based in Zutphen, the Netherlands

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2019 Arts Unfold: Naked State residency, Fonds Kwadraat loan
2019 Kunstschouw Award, shortlisted, material prize awarded
2019 Walter Koschatzky Art-Award, nominated
2018 BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner, nominated
2017 Hendrik Muller Fonds, awarded
2017 ArtEZ Profileringsfonds, awarded
2009 Elle NL Stylist Award, nominated
2009 HKU Jan van Scorel Fonds, awarded

Postponed* Lightning talk at Queering Wikipedia Conference, Linz, Austria
2020 CHRONICLES of CONFINEMENT: Europe Conference, online

2012 Gen Y Folk: anthropology of digital culture, ROAM, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 One Hour Art: second hour, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Postponed* V International Biennial of Nude “Marko Krstov Gregović”, Public Institution Museums and galleries of Budva, Budva and Petrovac, Montenegro
Postponed* The Nave Presents: We Consume, Ugly Duck, London, United Kingdom
2020 Wild Wild Æst, Æther Haga, the Hague, the Netherlands
2019 NULLLLL, Evenementenhal De Prodentfabriek, Amersfoort, the Netherlands
2019 BODY ISSUE: Feminism Rising, Brigant, Arnhem, the Netherlands
2019 Naked State, Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, East Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada
2019 Concept the 5th International Exhibition of Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo, South Korea
2019 Kunstschouw Zeeland, Landgoedhotel Slot Moermond, Renesse, the Netherlands
2019 Snowballs from Texas, The Performance Bar, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2019 Walter Koschatzky Art-Award, MUMOK Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria
2019 Kunst & Vreten, de Stadskeuken, Arnhem, the Netherlands
2019 Discobal #2: Other, Extrapool, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2019 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, Connecticut, USA
2019 PerfoArtNet Manifestos of Gender, Race and Relations, Sala de Exposiciones ASAB, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia
2019 Oops!404, Liebig12, Berlin, Germany
2018 PerfoArtNet International Biennal of Performance, Bogotá, Colombia
2018 Endangered Bodies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
2018 Artist Statement #3, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo, South Korea
2018 Temporal and Corporeal: a broad scope on performance art, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio, USA
2017 The Frozen Chernozyom, Prospect Revolutsii, Voronezh, Russia
2017 The Nave Presents: Surgery Slave, For Fuk Sake, London, United Kingdom
2017 Dufus Tedious, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2017 Beyond Fashion, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014 Asalto!, Espacio Trapézio, Madrid, Spain
2014 ULTRA FEMINIST, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2013 Inf.Ins, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2012 Artists bound by fashion, The House of Rising, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Six degrees of separation, Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Project Mousewalk, NOORDERLICHT 010 Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2010 HKU Fruit Fest, Het Huis, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 One Hour Art: first hour, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 ZWART GAT, Zeedijk 6, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2009 ROES, Oudegracht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Joyce Overheul (NL), David Frankovich (CA), Melanie Bonajo (NL), Ruchama Noorda (NL), Jasper Griepink (NL), Toine Klaassen (NL), Fleur Ouwerkerk (NL), Leandro Cardoso & Caetano Carvalho (BR), Chto Delat? (RU), Andrea Crews (FR), Martin Butler (UK/DE), And Beyond Studios (NL), Lena IVANOVA (UA)

2017-2021 MSSc Gender Studies Intersectionality and Change
2013-2014 Minor Gender Studies
2013-2017 MA Fashion Strategy
2006-2010 BA Fashion Design with honours

*Postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic until 2021


Yelena Myshko is a multidisciplinary artist based in Zutphen, the Netherlands. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1985. Her educational background is Fashion Design, Fashion Strategy and Gender Studies. In addition, she practices performance art since 2010.

Her interest in politics led to an affiliation with the international feminist protest group FEMEN for two years. Myshko participated in boot camps and actions in Germany, France and the Netherlands and became the leader of FEMEN Netherlands. This experience influenced her artistic tone of voice and visual language.

Myshko exhibited in the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Colombia, Canada and USA. She was nominated for the BLOOOM Award 2018 (DE), Walter Koschatzky Art-Award 2019 (AT) and received a material prize from Kunstschouw Award 2019 (NL). Her work is published in the news, magazines and books.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice is grounded in lived experience. As a woman I have a subjective point of view, as a feminist I use it to critique the social construction of art. I am a parrhesiast that speaks her truth no matter the consequences, establishing a polemic relationship with the World. By locating existential tension points within my socio‐cultural environment and projecting them on my body, I provide a subversive perspective on the female nude.

The aesthetic choices I make could be described as Dirty Realism, like the literature genre. I implode mundane aspects of ordinary life and turn them into a weapon that destroys beauty. Using no make-up, everyday objects, and blunt body language I construct a reductionist vocabulary. The challenge is to use simple means in resourceful ways.

I tread in the footsteps and politics of neo-avant-garde that gave birth to Fluxus and feminist artists. In particular, appropriating Hannah Wilke’s performalist self-portrait. This is performance in front of the camera that creates intimate images and reaches the audience through reproduction.

By distributing performalist pictures online, I explore the phenomenology of identity production. I take snapshots until I capture a moment that communicates ambiguity. This grabs attention and provokes associational thinking. It is unsettling, it pinches and makes you look twice. Allowing me to be a reflexive actor instead of an object in art.

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