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Yuliya Tsviatkova

born 1993. Mogilev. Belarus. Since finishing my degree in Biology, I was searching for a more liberal way of research. This search brought me to art practice. As a visual artist working mostly with video, I am interested in non-linear storytelling, creating a vortex of repetitions and slow changes. With my works, I am mainly interested in fear, obsessions, words (sound of language), censorship, ‘’randomness‘’ of memory.

Since 2018 Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Freie Kunst
Class ‘’Extended ideas of cinematic spaces and conceptual photography’’,
Prof. Dr. Rosa Barba.
Class ‘’Projected Image and Installation‘’, Prof. Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
2017 - 2018 Marine Biology. Universität Bremen
2010 - 2015 Diploma Biology. Mogilev State University A.A. Kuleshov.


My body does not belong to me. This biological substance is shared between me and other organisms. I do not exist without them, they do not exist without me. To me my body does not belong. It exists only in various forms of extrinsic perception. “To whom are you more alike? dad-like, no, more mom-like. No, definitely grandmother-like’’. It's hard for me to tell exactly what I look like… My grandmother runs her fingers through my hair and says : “you shouldn't have cut it."

With this project, I would like to explore different ways of sharing my body. From family projection to microbiological composition. One part consists of reproducing my body in life-size fabric – as a kind of anti-stress toy.

Yuliya Tsviatkova Portfolio

A Quiet island 15:45 min. one channel video. 2020

“A quiet island” is a video-essay focused on the land I was born in. Belarus could be described as a big land with a small population, so when you are traveling through the country it feels abandoned, you don't meet many people. Therefore the village where my parents live became some sort of an infusion of this feeling. My main intention was to describe the atmosphere of tiredness of this place. Belarus in less than a century went through war, the soviet regime, chernobyl disaster (which left marks on my generation as well) and hopeless 26 years of dictatorship. The land is tired, it is astenic. I allowed the sound and imagery to be the main narrators, mainly because this state couldn't be described verbally. The only part where I felt it is allowed to break the continuous spiral of sound, is the moment where women of my family are reading out loud one of my long “forgotten” memories, that I remembered during the work on this film. Film documents the state of land before the recent events in Belarus.