Robert Grunenberg

Sonja Yakovleva

SONJA YAKOVLEVA born *1989 in Potsdam. Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

 
Education
 
2008–2016  Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach with Heiner Blum, Mariola Brillowska and 
 Juliane Rebetsich (DE)
2014  Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Athens (GR)
 
Solo Exhibitions and Performances
 
2020  Upcoming: Hallöchen, Robert Grunenberg (DE)
2019  Major Pectoralis, Timber, Seoul (KR)
2017  3. Stendaler Lichttage, Kreuzgarten Dom, Stendal (DE)
2017  Red Roses Club (Aggro Fit), solo exhibition, Saasfee Pavillon, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
2016  Nature is always beautiful, solo exhibition, Neuer Kunstverein, Giessen (DE)
2013  Kunst in Kirchen, St. Gallus, Rodgau (DE)
 
Group Exhibitions and Performances (Selection)
 
2019  Der letzte Strohhalm, Atelier Frankfurt (DE)

2019  Major Pectoralis, Timber, Seoul (KR)

2019  Facing the Flat World, MMCA Residency Goyang (KR)

2019  Die Römischen Votzen & Klitclique, Arge Kultur, Salzburg (AU) 

2018  Wiesbaden Biennale, Die Römischen Votzen @ Hinterland, Wiesbaden (DE)
2018  Losing my Virginity, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (DE)

2018  DGTL FMNSM, European Centre for the Arts, Hellerau (GE)
2017  Good mourning / Happy ending, Kressmann-Halle Offenbach am Main (DE)

2017  Die Römischen Votzen, Parkhaus WK16, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

2017  Good to talk, Berghain Kantine, Berlin (DE)
2016  Chicken blood, Off-Space Korrekt, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

2015  The land after the rainbow, LOTTE / Kunstverein Stuttgart Saloon Krawall, Kampnagel, Hamburg (DE)

2014  Glass art club, Elaginpark, St. Petersburg (RU) 

2013  Life fleisch, Preview Art Fair, Berlin (DE) 

2013  Fumetto – Int. Comix-Festival, Luzern (CH) 

2012  Scherben bringen Glück, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

2011  New works, Galerie Bestregarts, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

2009  Liebesschläuche, Festival der jungen Talente, Offenbach am Main (DE)
 
Awards / Grants
 
2019  Exhibition Grant 2020 Bonner Kunstfonds for exhibition project KVTV

2019  MMCA Residency Goyang, Artist in Residence Scholarship in Frankfurt 

2015  Graduation Scholarship of the Dr. Marschner Foundation

2014  Price of the FAZit Foundation for graphic and illustration
 
Publication (selection)
 
2019  ‘Wir wollen stören’ KVTV in Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2018  ‘Fabulieren mit den Römischen Votzen’ in Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2018  ‘Rerscherschiere un Aufarbeide‘ Das Wetter # 16 – Magazin für Text und Musik
2017  ‘Wir sind männer- und frauenfeindlich‘, Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2017  ‘Anstatt zu fotografieren’ in Schirn Mag

Sonja Yakovleva’s work questions the ideology behind material value and social inequality. Located on the boundary between art and handicraft, she shows paper cuttings of alternative realities that often depict female protagonists. Yakovleva stresses that her choice of material is often considered more feminine than it should be – in reality it is rare that a handcraft is dominated by women. Yet in terms of content her work is full of revealing observations of patriarchal structures and heteronormative power relations. Die Römischen Votzen are a collective formed around the artists Giulietta Ockenfuß and Sonja Yakovleva, who write and perform provocative, lo-fi rap songs. They address social inequalities, are inflammatory, and reflect an anti-authoritarian desire for self-determination. Their song “Frigido”, for example, is about the controversy surrounding unisex toilets. Their refreshingly rational approach: people are uptight and no one is interested in your genitals. The duo’s visual art also unravels social, gender and sexual stereotypes.
—Bianca Heuser, 2018
 
2019  ‘Wir wollen stören’ KVTV in Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2018  ‘Fabulieren mit den Römischen Votzen’ in Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2018  ‘Rerscherschiere un Aufarbeide‘ Das Wetter # 16 – Magazin für Text und Musik
2017  ‘Wir sind männer- und frauenfeindlich‘, Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
2017  ‘Anstatt zu fotografieren’ in Schirn Mag