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Profile: VVOVVA

☞ Thursday, March 1, 2018, 09:30 ☜

Contemporary artist and curator Ksenia Nunis lives and works in the Hague, Netherlands. Drawn to arts since childhood, she studied printmaking and graphic design in Moscow, Russia, and received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. 

For more than thirteen years Nunis works with emerging and established artists and designers. First, in 2009, she created and curated a series of exhibitions for contemporary artists who work in painting (Moscow). Then, she initiated and co-founded a concept store in 2011, where she filled in positions as a curator, artistic director, and brand ambassador. And later on, in 2017, she founded her own independent gallery VVOVVA. Initiated as an artist-run space, it is not only meant for artists & designers, but also for similar-minded art curators, galleries, platforms, etc.

Being fascinated by nature and the contrast of it to man-made and machine-made, she dived fully into investigating the balance of nature and technology, the future of it. Not only does she reflect her vision through her own artistic practice but also within her contemporary gallery. 

In 2020, she initiated the ESC, devoted to all artists working at any level. The series of exhibitions & open calls ESC aim to give voice and open a conversation about the future of nature and technology, and mainly asks questions rather than gives answers. Each exhibition is co-curated together with open-minded galleries and art spaces, curators, and artists. 

‘‘Hopefully with this somewhat short digital letter I can partly answer your questions.

I believe that all humans are creative from birth, no matter which profession they choose. And through different experiences, in life, we have had our unique visions supported or suppressed. Sometimes, when we choose a creative path, we make choices that seem safe and comfortable, even if they are not enjoyable or satisfying. Therefore VVOVVA, the independent contemporary art and design gallery, was initiated in search of those who have the drive to create. And our mission is to help them do it with fewer obstructions. We work with artists & designers regardless of prior experience or reputation.

With the belief that our choices should not be led by advertising and marketing, the name VVOVVA was purposefully created as a generic placeholder name similar to the anglophone 'Bob' (in Russian — ‘Вова’).

If you are interested to know more, please see my selected works here — ksenianunis.com & @vvovvalab, or just email me at [email protected] with the remark ‘friends’, this way I will know it's personal.’

— Ksenia Nunis, founder & curator VVOVVA

updated on Thursday, April 28, 2022, 19:47

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