Olga Grotova

Ольга Гротова

b.1986, Chelyabinsk, Russia
Lives and works in London

email: olga.grotova (at) network.rca.ac.uk

instagram: @olgagrotova

Olga Grotova takes family history, landscapes, troubled ecologies and experience of displacement as starting points for installations, paintings and performances. Her work involves going on journeys to map and collect histories, mainly concerning the lives and labours of Russian women that have been overlooked and erased from the established narratives. These histories alongside the material from the environments where they came from, such as plants, soil and debris lay foundation to  paintings and performances. Grotova uses poetry readings, sound and movement, to activate the paintings and create situations through which the marginalised Russian her-story can be re-articulated in the present.

Current project: The Friendship Garden, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)


2016        Royal College of Art, MA Painting

2011          Chelsea College of Art, Fine Art


2021      Fifth Wave, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

                Perceptable Movements, Gromov DK, St Petersburg

                Arches and Vessels, Cromwell Place, London

2019     (SOLO) Debris on a Luminous Plain, Centrala, Birmingham

              Waters of the Volga (performance), Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo

              Carrying Histories, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo

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

2018     The First Reading (Performance), Mimosa House, London

               XVII. The Age of Nymphs, Mimosa House, London

2017       Blue. 17, Osnova Gallery, Moscow

                Seventeen, Centrala, 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, Russia

                Megabodega, Family Business Gallery, New York

2012       Symbolic action: rite as play, Hayward Gallery, London

                 The Joyful Archipelago’ Guest Projects, London

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

                  Coup D’Etat, Arthaus, London

                  Guest from the Future, Galerie8, London


2021   SPACE Artist Award
             Arts Council England DYCP Award


2021     Wysing Arts Center Syllabus VI  (in partnership with Eastside Projects, Studio Voltaire, Spike Island and Iniva)

2019    Praksis, Oslo


2019    Carrying Histories, Praksis

2017    ‘The Split’, Alvar Magazine    

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