Lidia Vitkovskaya was born in Moscow in 1977 to an artistically natured family. She grew up listening to the stories told by her parents and their circle of friends – among them famous artists, poets, actors, and writers. A Sociology major at Moscow State University, she explored the depths of human interaction and reaction, then studied production, screenwriting, and directing at the New York Academy of Film. Her educational provinces fuse together seamlessly in her narrative video art.
Vitkovskaya’s soul lies in her work. The inclusion of a technological component in her art often becomes the heart of her narratives. Her art is not meant to provoke shock in the viewers, but instead to produce social, informative, educational, and didactic discussions in an effort to promote shared perceptions of life among humanity. Her objects and their media have clear plotlines, often commenting on the creation and destruction of cultures, and topics present in the depths of Soviet life. In Frog a la Russe, the object is familiar and simple on the exterior. Its associations, however, prove to be more complicated, referencing Russian folklore and literature; the tales of princes and princesses, alongside an underlying commentary on the polycephalic and disconnected political reputation of the USSR. Vitkovskaya’s Woman.net is a woman’s figure, hanging in a tangled net, in a helplessly lingering position. While no technological feature is present, a strong narrative demands the viewer’s attention all the same. The bondage signifies physical harm to the female body, but also the emotional harm inflicted upon women in society from their families, daily routine, gender disparity, and career commitments. Vitkovskaya’s talent lies in her creation of stories in her sculptures, whether cinematic or static.
“Every work of art, from books to video art, from paintings to sculpture – must have a story inside to be interesting.”
Vitkovskaya’s artwork has been exhibited at international art fairs including Art Miami, Art San Francisco, the Moscow Biennale, and the London Biennale, where she was awarded the “Special Excellence” prize in 2015. She is represented in numerous private collections and in the collection of The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, where she was personally chosen by Alexander Borovsky, the museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art.