Vinnik, Marina

Worker’s Paradise /2016

The Moscow Metro still honours the building of socialism, even though socialism was dismantled and most of the city is now shaped by shopping malls and the new capitalist modes of production. Just as every other country plagued by poverty, Russia longs for more and more wealth and wants to put it on a display: big expensive cars, furs and fashion, high-rise buildings, trendy restaurants. But there is one place that has yet to be influenced by the spread of capitalism. The Moscow Metro, one of the cheapest modes of transportation in Russia, still celebrates labour, revolution and socialism.

The Night of Victory / 2016

Now in Russia, memories of the Second World War are produced and reproduced endlessly according to the desires of the government and the masses. People tend to forget the uneasy history of Russia and at the same time they want to have hopes and a national identity. Today the Victory Day (the 9th of May) that symbolises the victory of Russia in the Second World War – is one of the cornerstones of modern national identity. However, it is no longer the Victory Day it was 20 or 30 years ago. Instead, it is a completely new holiday for the generations that have no actual memories about life in the Soviet Union.

Suppressed Memories / 2014

If your childhood was a nightmare it does not mean it didn’t exist. This project explores the reality behind happy childhood pictures. Families carefully portray summer and children in colourful outfits, trying to pretend that everything is all right and in order. Happy pictures can be deconstructed if you dare to look at them from a perspective beyond their superficial presentations.

Nudes Talk / 2014

What if nude models were not mute? Not objects at all. On the contrary – each of them is a human being with a unique body and a unique story. What if they told you what they think about their body parts? In this work there is an attempt to set the female body outside of the male gaze.

Pain / 2011 

A video artwork in which several women talk about their relationships. Their monologues culminate into one sentence, as if they have all been through the same unpleasant experience.


*1984 Kemerovo, Russia


2016 – “STYRIA Air”, Graz. Austria

2015 – “A-Art, F-Feminism. Dictionary ”, Moscow. Russia                                                                                       

2015 – “Contemporary Art in a Traditional Museum”, St. Petersburg. Russia

2015 – “Motherhood”, Kiev. Ukraine

2015 – “And What about Love?”, St. Petersburg. Russia

2014 – “Golden Apricot”, Yerevan. Armenia

2014 – “Queer Feminist Action”, Vienna. Austria

2014 – “Kultur Kontakt”, Vienna. Austria

2013 – “Feminist Worker”, Sophia. Bulgaria

2013 – “Cabinet of Curiosities”, Helsinki. Finland

2013 – “Bechdel Test”, Kiev-Kharkov-Odessa. Ukraine

2013 – “To-kino”, Vilnius. Lithuania

2013 – “Kinotavr film-fest”, Sochi. Russia

2012 – “Queer-fest”, St. Petersburg. Russia

2012 – “Density of Expectations”, St. Petersburg. Russia

2011 – “Rauma Biennial Baltic”, Rauma. Finland
2011 – “Kandinsky prize”, Moscow. Russia