I was born in 1987 in Penza, spent all my childhood in the Tula region, studied in Moscow, in Italy and now I live in St. Petersburg. I can confidently classify myself as an ethnic Russian, but I can’t call myself a Tulyak, a Penzenets, a Muscovite or a Petersburger. So I can’t identify my affiliation with the local / regional identity group. Perhaps the reason is that my family lost contact with their native territory, its roots. For example, my grandfather and father were the militaries, which were distributed in the direction of military service. In Russian and Soviet history, there are many other reasons why people lose their connection and the binding to the native place, are forced to leave their city or village. There are numerous turning points in Russian history - the Civil and the Great Patriotic War, the repression, the big Soviet constructions, Rearrangement and etc.
The facts of my biography influenced a lot on the formation of my art practice and the theme of my projects. Studying the identity through the deconstruction, appropriation and performative practices, I try to reach the self-identification and understand what it means to be a Russian or someone else.