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SONJA
YAKOVLEVA

About

Sonja Yakovleva was born in Potsdam, (DE), in 1989. Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, (DE).

With the papercut, Sonja Yakovleva uses a medium with feminine and folkloristic connotations and the proximity to the still frowned upon domestic craft and charges it with erotic, perverse and violent fantasies. As with Kara Walker, for example, who uses papercut to delve into the history of slavery, racism, and sexual exploitation, it is about a libertarian, feminist approach, about self- empowerment. But Yakovleva’s sexualized works are more ironic, imaginary. Subversive and occasionally pornographic, they depict a utopian form of female dominance that radically overturns stereotypes of gender and class that are also widespread in the art world.

Education

Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, (GR)
Bachelor of Arts, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main, (DE)
 

Awards and Residencies
 
2022 Stipendium Künstlerhilfe
2020 Neustart Kultur, Projektstipendium für KVTV Television, Stiftung Kunstfonds
2020 Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds
Hessen innovativ neu Eröffnen, Hessische Kulturstiftung
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

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2022 TANGA TANGA!, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2021 Good Vibrations, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2020  Hallöchen, Robert Grunenberg, (DE)
2019  Major Pectoralis, Timber, Seoul, (KR)
2017  3. Stendaler Lichttage, Kreuzgarten Dom, Stendal, (DE)
2017  Red Roses Club (Aggro Fit), Saasfee Pavillon, Frankfurt am Main, (DE)
2016  Nature is always beautiful, Neuer Kunstverein, Giessen, (DE)
2013  Kunst in Kirchen, St. Gallus, Rodgau (DE)

Group Exhibitions
 
2022  Dévoyé, Match Art Project, Istanbul, (TR)
2021  Type/Cast/Thrill., Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, (EE)
2020  Farbe Figurativ, Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, (DE)
2020  Bodylotion, ZELLER VAN ALMSICK, Viena, (AT)
2020  Sincere Intentions, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2019  Der letzte Strohhalm, Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt, (DE)
2019  Facing the Flat World, MMCA Residency, Goyang (KR)
2019  Die Römischen Votzen & Klitclique, Arge Kultur, Salzburg, (AT)
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)

News
PASt EXHIBITIONS
Sonja Yakovleva
Good Vibrations
21 MAY – 31 JULY 2021