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Liza Neklessa (b.1989) is an artist and poet from Moscow, Russia. She has participated in artistic and literary projects in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, France, Estonia, Kazakhstan, etc. She was a 2024 Museum Quarter Vienna Artist-in Residence. Her last solo exhibition «Igor» took place in 2023 at Center for Creative industries FABRIKA (Moscow). She has published three collections of poems in Russian, each accompanied by her own illustrations: «A Sieve Filled with Berries», «Phenomenology of Death: Some Notes» and «1917». «A Sieve Filled with Berries» was also published in Russian and English by Calque Press (London) in 2023. The book Phenomenology of Death: A Few Notes was included in the list of the most important poetry books of 2018-19 by the editors of Feminist writing (Moscow). The poetry collection A Sieve Filled with Berries was included in the top 10 most important poetry books of 2022 by the literary critic Lev Oborin. Since 2019, she has been included annually in the Russian Investment Art Rating I LIKE, which represents contemporary artists under the age of 37.

Liza is interested in folklore, personal mythology, nature, feminist discourse and the connection between visual art and contemporary poetry, leading to the creation of new multimedia works. In some projects she also works with traditional imagery, incorporating it into new contexts and appropriating it into a new discourse.

Graduate:

  • 2013 - The Maxim Gorky Literature Institute, Moscow, Diploma in Creative Writing
  • 2007 - Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2023 - Igor, Bomba gallery, Center for Creative industries FABRIKA, Moscow
  • 2021 - Metamorphoses, This is not here Gallery, Moscow
  • 2014 - Light Optics, Russian State Literary Museum, Moscow

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2024 - Fanzineist Vienna: Mail art Book & Zine Exhibition, Semperdepot, Vienna, Austria
  • 2024 – Open studios, Museum Quarter, Vienna, Austria
  • 2024 - Exploding cinema, The cinema museum, London, UK
  • 2024 - 1st GRAUND Biennale. Textiles in contemporary art. Participation with A-s-t-r-a gallery. GRAUND Solyanka Gallery, Moscow
  • 2023 -A Cup of Consonances. Approaching Rozanova, House of Culture GES-2, Moscow
  • 2023 -Open. Vol 3. A-s-t-r-a gallery, Moscow
  • 2023 -Almaty Underground Screening Series, House 36, Almaty, Kazakhastan
  • 2023 - Anthology of Khton, Center for Contemporary Art Terminal, Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2022 - Gifts for friends, Center for Creative industries FABRIKA, Moscow
  • 2022 - Festival of Contemporary Poetry, Soundart and Video Art "Poetronica-2022: Metaphysics of Language and Objects", cultural center DOM, Moscow
  • 2022 - Myths, Izmailovo Gallery, Moscow
  • 2022 - Anthology of Russian Khton, Zverev center of contemporary art, Moscow
  • 2022 - TKANINA, "Own" space, Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2022 - Festival of independent printed culture "Koreshki", Novosibirsk
  • 2021 - Video club of Bomba gallery, Center for Creative industries FABRIKA, Moscow
  • 2021 -GROUND zine fest, gallery on Solyanka, Moscow
  • 2021 - DEFICIT, International Art Book Festival, Flakon Design Factory, Moscow
  • 2021 - Invisible women, Fund for cultural projects "Thursday", Moscow

  • 2021 - Eve's Ribs, Feminist Art Festival, Meyrhold Center, Moscow

  • 2020 – Photobook and zine: Draft,  Souz Pechat,  WINZAVOD contemporary art center

  • 2020 – Exhibition in support of Yulia Tsvetkova, Kulturfabrik Moabit, Berlin

  • 2020 - The hopscotch, Open Studios, WINZAVOD contemporary art center
  • 2020 - This world wasn't invented by us: the female word and gender agenda, WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - 1st Feminnale of contemporary art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • 2019 - The Microbiennale of Horizontal Initiatives, Moscow
  • 2019 - Infographics, CUBE.MOSCOW, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
  • 2019 - Commercial exhibition in support of the uncommercial, CUBE.MOSCOW, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
  • 2019 - ArtFemFest "-KA", WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - WINZAVOD Open (parallel program), WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - Draw this! A case of art therapy for seven artists, Center for Creative industries FABRIKA, Moscow
  • 2019 - SubCONSCIOUS, Zverev center of contemporary art, Moscow
  • 2019 - POETRONIKA contemporary poetry, sound and video-art international festival, ROSIZO-NCCA, The State Contemporary Art Center
  • 2019 -  DEFICIT international art book festival, desigh factory FLACON, Moscow
  • 2019 - Normal daughter, CCI Fabrika (as part of the Fabrika's Workshops program), Moscow
  • 2019 - Female worker 2.0, Peresvetov pereulok art gallery of Moscow City Galleries Network (supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation)
  • 2019 - Fem rhizome, Mitino Gallery, Moscow
  • 2019 - Non-Existence, Zverev center of contemporary art, Moscow
  • 2016 - Fish Day, Rosa Azora Gallery, Moscow
  • 2016 - Sine finibus (Without Borders), I-Gallery, Paris

Residences:

  • 2024 –Museum Quarter Vienna Artist-in-Residence, Vienna, Austria
  • 2020 –Open Studios WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow, Russia

Markets and fairs:

  • 2023 –Blazar young contemporary art fair, The Museum of Moscow
  • 2023 –Striped Saturn, Albus Corvuspublishing house, Moscow
  • 2023 –Spring Art Market«Lampa», Artplay, Moscow
  • 2021 -New Year's Market of Mors Festival, On Peschanaya, gallery,
  • 2021 -BOOKS AROUND THE CORNER 3, art book market, Rovesnik,Moscow
  • 2021 -ГРАУНД zinefest, Na Solyankegallery, Moscow
  • 2021 –DEFICIT, international art book fair, design factory Flakon, Moscow
  • 2019 -Ninth print market “Vkusbumagi", WinzavodContemporary Art Center, Moscow
  • 2019-DEFICIT, , international art book fair, design factory Flakon,

Books:

  • A sieve filled with berries. Collections of poems with author's illustrations. Calque Press, London, UK. 2023.Presented at the British Library.
  • 1917. Collections of poems with author's illustrations. Created and produced by order of the House of Culture «Ges-2», Moscow. 2023.
  • Revolve:R. Edition four. London, UK.
  • Best before date. Collection of ecological prose about man and the planet, M. 2022.
  • Contemporary feminist poetry. Anthology. No Kidding Press. 2021
  • Sieve with berries. Collection of poems with author's illustrations. 2021.

  • Fairy Tales. Artistic and poetic zine with Vladimir Korkunov. Moscow, 2021. Presented in the library of the House of Cultures ‘GES-2’.
  • CORONAART. Ludvig Rage, Berlin. 2020.

  • Artistic and poetic zine "Female voice", 2019.
  • Zine «Women Disability Feminism». 2019
  • Modern russian free verse. Anthology. 2019
  • Catalog of the exhibition "Normal daughter", CCI Fabrika, 2019.
  • Catalog of the exhibition "Draw it! A case of art therapy for seven artisrts", CCI Fabrika, 2019.
  • Catalog of the exhibition "Piramid of contemporary art", CCI Fabrika, 2019.
  • The book «Phenomenology of Death, Notes», St. Petersburg, 2018. Presented in the Educational Center of the GARAGE museum of contemporary art.
  • Artistic and poetic zine "Female voice", 2018. Presented in the Educational Ceenter of the GARAGE museum of contemporary art.
  • Exhibition catalog Sine finibus (Without Borders), I-Gallery, Paris.
  • Exhibition catalog Per aspera ad astra, Moscow 2016,2017, 2018.

Organized events:

  • 2020 - Great night of feminist poetry, WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2020 - This world wasn't invented by us: the female word and gender agenda, WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2015 - Diary as a journey to oneself (exhibition of diaries by St. Petersburg artists, literary readings, online programme) as part of the Biblionoch festival, V.G. Belinsky Library, Moscow
  • 2014 - Festival of contemporary poetry and short prose "Look above" (Yaroslavl)

Selected speeches and lectures:

  • 2024 - Presentation of the book «A sieve filled with Berries", Gamayun bookshop, Vienna, Austria
  • 2023 –Ivan the Wolf and the Gray Tsarevich. Presentation of video poetry, gallery "Bomba", Center for Creative industries Fabrika, Moscow
  • 2023 -An evening of mushroom poetry by Liza Neklessa, gallery "Bomba", Center for Creative industries Fabrika, Moscow
  • 2023 - Author's poetry evening,Center for Contemporary Art Terminal, Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2022 - Author's poetry evening, Zverev center of contemporary art, Moscow
  • 2022 - Author's poetry evening, art cafe "Bufet", Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2022 - Poetry evening, Winzavod workshops, Moscow
  • 2022 - Eco-event in support of the release of the book "Expiration date", Blagosfera, Moscow
  • 2022 - Author's poetry evening, Spacemodel gallery, Moscow
  • 2021 - Joint poetry evening with Vladimir Korkunov from the "Poles" cycle, State Literary Museum, Moscow
  • 2021 - Women's Writing Festival "Author's Tears", Basmanny Dvor, Moscow
  • 2021 - Feminist Writing Festival (international online event)
  • 2021 - Women's Poetry: Space and Time (as part of the Biblionnale "Oriental Vector: Women's Literature of Asian Countries")
  • 2020 - Lecture "Women's writing", WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - Lecture "Womanhouse and home space", Open Studios, WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - Lecture "Feminist art and woman's writing" for the Svalka project, House of Cultures, Moscow
  • 2019 - Poetry readings in support of the Khachaturian sisters, Avangarden 2.0
  • 2019 - Lecture "How to make Feminist Literature" for the FEM TALKS project, Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow
  • 2019 - Public talk of the artist Maria Ivanova and the creators of the feminist project "Female voice", WINZAVOD contemporary art center, Moscow
  • 2019 - Presentation of the book "Phenomenology of Death", Zverev center of contemporary art, Moscow
  • 2019 - Presentation of the book "Phenomenology of Death", State Literary museum
  • 2018 - Presentation of the "Female voice" zine, "Poryadok slov" of the Pereletnyi kabak bar-gallery, Moscow
  • 2015 - International poetry festival "Lubok k Rodine", Ryazan
  • 2015 - Landscape poetry festival "Pushkin laboratories" Pushkin-Pavlovsk
  • 2015 - IX poetry festival "M-8", Vologda
  • 2014 - 16th International non/fiction intellectual literature fair, Central House of Artists, Moscow, participant of the literary programm "Contemporary authors in the halls of the State literary museum"
  • 2013 - Yound poetry week, Moscow
  • 2013 - Contemporary poetry festival "Strelka", Nizhny Novgorod
  • 2013 - Interregional festival of contemporary poetry "GolosA", Cheboksary