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Elena Rabkina is Belarusian artist focused on photography and interactive art. Activist, her artworks hold social commentary and reflect on agism, social inclusion, urbanism, ecology, mental health, migration.

Left Belarus in 2020 due to the political repressions, lived and worked in Odessa, Ukraine till the beginning of the war, and now moved to Europe

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ELENA RABKINA

Phone: +480 571 940401
E-mail: rrrabkina@gmail.com
Born: 07.07.1989 in Vitebsk, Belarus

Nationality: Jewish-Belarusian

Residence: Krakow, Poland

 
EDUCATION
2003—2005

Vitebsk Art School.

2007—2012

Minsk State Linguistic University – Linguist, teacher of English, German, and Rhetoric.

2011—2012

Program on Contemporary Photo Art
by Alexander Velidimovich.

2021—2022

Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University – Master’s degree in psychology.

 
Exhibitions
2013

The Cube”, Photo Intercultural Marathon, Beysehir Konya, Turkey.

2016

“Motion to Emotion”, Photozone,
Minsk, Belarus.

2016

Concrete Delusion: “Moreless”, SÜDBAHNHOF fotografische Werke, Berlin, Germany.

2016

Concrete Delusion: “Moreless”, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Minsk, Belarus.

2017
2017

Concrete Delusion: “Moreless”, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia.

2017

"I see you, I miss you”, Week of Sweden
(2nd prize), Minsk, Belarus.

2017

"Black stories”. Photozone, Minsk, Belarus.

2017

“Critics”, Center of Belarusian Dramaturgy, Minsk, Belarus. (solo)

2019

“Youth”, Background, Minsk, Belarus.

2021

“I am Okay”, Exhibition of Art Activist Projects, Artivism&Solidarity, online.

2021

“Her Deed”, main square of Lviv, Lviv Municipal Art Center, Ukraine

2022

“Her Deed”, Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture, Ukraine.

2022

“14 Confessions to the City”, SUPERBUDE, Vienna, Austria. (solo)

2022

“Invisible People”, Transponder, Vienna, Austria. (solo)

2022

“Sea Heals”, Stakkato, Krakow, Poland (upcoming)

 
RESIDENCIES

2022 - Future Laboratory Art Residence, Portugal, Spain, Poland.
2022 - Transsectoral Summer School Viadrinicum: University in Ruins.
            Scaffolding Futures, Germany.
2022 - Question Me & Answer Art Residence, Austria.
2021 - Media Lab Fem Art Residence, Ukraine.
2021 - Artivism & Solidarity Art Residence, CIS, Mixed format.

 
GRANTS

2022 - Marion Dönhoff Bursary

2021 - Belarus Free Center Fellowship Grant

2022 - Rada of Culture Grant.

2020 - Nantes Forum of Creative Generations Grant.

2015 - CrossCulture
Internship Scholarship.

 
AWARDS

2017 - RADA Awards Nomination for the Best Art Project. Minsk, Belarus.

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

Selected Workshops and Talks

2021 - … - Speaker of “#IamRemarkable” program that supports women and underrepresented groups, Ukraine, Poland.
2021 - Speaker and Mentor at the Contemporary Art Festival "CONNECT" in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.
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 in Minsk, Belarus.
2017 - 2020 - Organizer of the Urban and Art Festival «Vulica Brasil» in Minsk, Belarus.
2016 - Speaker on How to rethink urban space with art at non-conference Midiabarcamp, Daugapils, Lithuania.
2016 -
Speaker at TEDx in Mogilev, Belarus.