Polina Porras Sivolobova is a Russian-Mexican multidisciplinary artist. Her artwork includes painting, works on paper, artist books, video, puppets and performance. In 2017, she performed at the Venice Biennale with actor/playwright Noelle Ghoussaini "6 views: on Women of Power and Interest." In 2015, sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Polina traveled to the UK, Russia and Kuwait to exhibit her artwork. In 2014, she created two major works: "Viva la Vida" and "Santa Agua." These performances explored Mexican iconography, rites of passage, indigenous and catholic syncretism, gender iconography, faith and nature. In 2013 Polina performed fifteen original works including "One and Not the Same Skin," a twenty-four hour long performance, exploring the passing of time and personal transformation using clothing as a metaphor. In 2009, El Museo del Barrio commissioned her to create The Three Taino Kings Puppets for their annual Three Kings Parade. Polina’s deep interest in education and audience participation has taken her to explore public interventions as a pedagogical tool such as in "Tortilla Factory," "Ode to New York: a Hair Piece," “A Mad-Proper Tea Party,” "¿Dónde están Piecitos Azul?" and "Queens of Love." Her artwork has been supported by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, El Museo del Barrio, The Smithsonian Institute, The Queens Museum of Art, Queens Council on the Arts, Grace Exhibition Space and Glasshouse in New York City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca in Mexico. She received a Master in Fine Arts and Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, New York.
Painter, Dancer, Video Artist, Performance Artist, Director, Producer, Sculptor, Costume Designer, New Media Artist, Ludus Participant
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This article is a contribution from 2017-2018 LEIMAY Fellowship Artist Polina Porras Sivolobova. The LEIMAY Fellows are a group of local artists working individually throughout the year at the LEIMAY studio.
Conceptual drawing-map of the performance Viva La Vida, 2014 by Polna Porras…