Olga Grotova (b. 1986, Chelyabinsk) is an artist and poet living and working in London and Paris. Her practice involves collecting and mapping stories of Soviet and Eastern-European women that have been erased from established historical narratives. Grotova undertakes research journeys to discover the lost histories of communities and families from former Soviet states in order to dispel male dominated and power-centric ‘official’ narratives. Her practice is a feminist interruption into the Russian political narrative plagued by extraction, patriarchy and imperialism. The erased her-stories create fractures and inconsistencies in the official history and undermine the regime built on terror, misogyny and militarisation.



Education


2014-2016 Royal College of Art, MA Painting

2011-2012 Chelsea College of Art, Fine Art


Selected Exhibitions


Solo and two-person 


2024    Track II:  (with Ahmad Fuad Osman), DRC no.12, Beijing

2023    The Friendship Garden, Studio Voltaire, London

2023   Olga Grotova, Cromwell Place, London

2023    Door to Door (with Szelit Cheung), The Shophouse, Hong Kong

2023   To my daughter I will say, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (screening)

2021    Fifth Wave, Moscow Museum of Architecture, as part of Garage Triennale

2019    Debris on a Luminous Plain, Centrala, Birmingham


Group


2024   Re-enchantment, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2023   Abstract Reality, Kadist, Paris
              
              Traces of a Cathode, S1, Sheffield

2022    Our Grandmothers’ Gardens, Les Rencontres d’Arles

               Meeting Photography, NIDA, Vilnius
               
              ‘The Friendship Garden’ sound installation, Pawel Althamer’s ‘Silence’ garden, Moscow

               The Unicorn and the lost kingdom, Osnova, Moscow

2021    Fifth Wave, Garage Museum of Contemporary art, Moscow

             Olga Grotova, Josefina Nelimarkka and Alexander Montague-Sparey, Cromwell place, London

2020   Invisible Movements, Gromov DK, St. Petersburg

2019   Carrying histories, Oslo Kunstforening

            Waters of the Volga (performance), Oslo Kunstforening

            Sans (t)rêve et sans Merci, Cube, Moscow

2018    XVII. The Age of Nymphs, Mimosa House, London

              The First Reading (Performance), Mimosa House, London

2017   Blue. 17, Osnova, Moscow

            Seventeen, Centala, Birmingham

2016   RCA Degree Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

            Notes App, Dyson Gallery, London

2015   WIP show, Royal College of Art, London

            RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, London

2013   Tamizdat, New Holland, St. Petersburg

            Megabodega, Family Business Gallery, New York

2012   Performance, ritual, symbolic action: rite as play, Hayward Gallery, London

            A Joyful Archipelago’ Guest Projects, London

            A Spring That We Have All Been Waiting For (Performance), Guest Projects, London

            Coup D’Etat, Arthaus, London

            Guest from the Future, Galerie8, London


Residencies


2023     Schoeni Projects, Hong Kong
               
2023      Les Recollets, Paris
 
2022      Cosmological Gardens, CAD+SR (facilitated by Pelin Tan and Rirkrit Tiravanija), Spoleto

2020 -
2021      Syllabus VI , Wysing Art Center in partnership with Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, Eastside Projects
                and Iniva

2019      Praksis, Oslo


Awards

 
2022   Prix Decouvert, Les Rencontres d'Arles  – Special Mention


2021   Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Field Research grant

             SPACE Artist award

              Elephant Trust grant



Publications


2022   The Syllabus, commissioned by the Wysing Arts Centre

              ‘The Friendship Garden’,  Transitory White 

2019   ‘Carrying Histories’ commissioned by Praksis, Oslo

2012   ‘A Joyful Archipelago’, commissioned by the Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London



Public collections


The Roberts Institute of Art, UK

Kadist, France and USA

Schoeni Projects, UK and Hong Kong

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia


Links

Olga Grotova interview for Studio International

Kadist 

The Roberts Institute of Art collection highlights

Grotova on feminism, gardening and memory