Who is Elena Rabkina?

Elena Rabkina is Belarusian photoartist, game designer and urban activist based in Odessa, Ukraine. In her works Elena often tries to depict and document the immaterial story of things and places, pay attention to the small real-life details and explore an impersonating angle of urban development. 

Most of the artworks tend to have a social commentary and affect the audience in the terms of sensing something bigger, provoking attachments by looking at everyday things and turning the mundane into sacred and worthy.



1989 - 2013

  • Born in 1989, in Vitebsk, Belarus.
    Attended Vitebsk Art School from 2003 to 2005. In 2011-2012 took part in the year-long course on the art of photography, created by Belarusian photo artist
    Alexander Veledimovich.

  • In 2013 was representing Belarus at «Photo Intercultural Marathon», Beysehir Konya, Turkey. It resulted in the participation in the open-air exhibition. Elena presented
    a collective photo-installation work about social inclusion and agism in Turkey.

  • 2021 - Speaker and Mentor at the Contemporary Art Festival "CONNECT" in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

  • 2017 - 2020 - Organizer of the Urban and Art Festival «Vulica Brasil». Minsk, Belarus.

  • 2020 - Speaker at the Art Laboratory in Belastok, Poland.

  • 2020 - Speaker at European Architecture Student Assembly in Grushevka, Belarus.

  • 2019 - 2020 – Speaker and mentor at the Collabex Art Accelerator. Minsk, Belarus

  • 2019 - Participation in the Nantes Forum of Creative Generations. Nantes, France (was awarded with the grant).

  • 2019 - Run game "Animals" at Burning Man, Black Rock City, USA.

  • 2017 -  Nominated for RADA Awards in the category Best Art Project with the project Blind City. Minsk, Belarus.

  • 2017 - Awarded 2nd prize at Photo Competition by the Embassy of Sweden.

  • 2016 - Speaker on TEDx, Belarus.

  • 2015 - Worked at ikonoTV, mute TV that was developing the direct language of art through slow videos. Berlin, Germany.


I have an unstoppable desire to explore, look deeper and connect to the everyday life in different corners of the world. With my photography I try to grasp moments that are ethereal, can be only read between the lines and rather felt than seen.

As an artist, I mostly gravitate towards the topic of urban-people relationships. Every place, be it a room, building or the whole city has the energy of its own, its tempo, habits, good and bad, its rules and experiences. The charisma of the environment is built by people, but also it affects people back, as a never-ending circle.

I believe that an attentive eye and open heart can you far in experiencing the precious elements of everyday life. And I use photography to bring these stories to a wider audience.