ELENA TUTATCHIKOVA

Elena Tutatchikova

Born in Moscow, Russia, 1984. After studying classical music and Japanese literature in Moscow, Tutatchikova moved to Japan in 2012, where she finished her Masters degree in Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts.
In 2016, she published her first artist book "After an Apple Falls From the Tree, There is a Sound" (torch press, Tokyo). She received the grand-prix at Akarenga Portfolio Audition at Higashikawa Photography Festival (Japan) in 2014. Her latest solo shows include "The Path Across the Peninsula" (several venues at Shiretoko peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, 2018), "In Summer: Apples, Fossils and the Book" (POST, Tokyo, Japan, 2016). In 2016, she participated in Kenpoku Art (Ibaraki, Japan), where she presented an installation focused on the region's forestry industry. For the last five years she has been working on a long-term project at Shiretoko peninsula located in the easternmost part of northern of Japan. In 2017, she started Shiretoko Walking Project, which aims to experience and reconsider the landscape and nature of Shiretoko by walking as a form of art practice.
Currently Tutatchikova lives and works in Kyoto, where she began the Kamogawa Fieldwork Laboratory, an anthropological and artistic research project on Kyoto via the city's water infrastructure.

Education

2015-Now  Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art, Doctoral Program

2013-15  MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art

2012  Research Student, Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art

2005-2011  Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies

1992-2003  Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory

Awards

Grand Prix at Akarenga Portfolio Audition, Higashikawa International Photo Festival, 2014

Selected Solo Exhibitions

"The Path Across the Peninsula" (several venues at Shiretoko peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, 2018)

"With Ice, Comes New Sun" NOMA t.d. (Tokyo, Japan, 2018)

"On Teto's Trail" Gallery TRAX (Yamanashi, 2017)

"Hour of the Sheep, North Wind, Sunny" STUDIO STAFF ONLY (Tokyo, 2017)

"With My Dinosaurs" kumagusuku (Kyoto, 2017)

"In Summer: Apples, Fossils and the Book" BOOK MARUTE, Takamatsu, 2017

"In Summer: Apples, Fossils and the Book" POST, Tokyo, 2016

"In Summer, With My Dinosaurs” nani, Tokyo, 2016

“To the Northern Shores” Tokyo Month of Photography, MUSÉE F , Tokyo, 2015 

“After an Apple Falls From the Tree, There is a Sound” Poetic Scape, Tokyo, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions and Festivals

KENPOKU ART (Ibaraki, 2016)

“In the Beginning, Silence was Always Silence” Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2015

Higashikawa International Photo Festival, 2015

Atami Art Week, Shizuoka, 2014

Publications

– Books

"After an Apple Falls From the Tree, There is a Sound", Torch Press, Tokyo, 2016

– Translations

“Ghosts and Lower-class Samurai, and Other Stories” by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Hyperion, Saint Petersburg, 2014

“Reading Modern Japanese Poetry 101”, The New Literary Observer, Moscow, 2013 

“Ten Nights of Dreams” by Natsume Soseki (in collaboration with Evgenia Saharova), Foreign Literature, Moscow, 2013

Papers

“The Concept of Japanese Culture as Seen in the NIPPON magazine”, Japanese History and Culture 5, Russian State University for the Humanities, 2012

“The Visual Propaganda of Manchukuo in Prewar Japan as Seen in the Graph Magazine Manshu Gurafu”, Japanese History and Culture 4, Russian State University for the Humanities, 2011 

Conferences and Symposiums

The 14th International Conference Japanese History and Culture, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, 2012 

Intellectual Exchange Programme between Japan and Europe in Alsace Japanese Study Seminar – Taisho/Prewar (Showa), Centre Européen d'Etudes Japonaises d'Alsace, Kientzheim, France, 2011

The 13th International Conference Japanese History and Culture, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, 2011

Lectures

Lectures on the History of Japanese Photography, Japan Foundation, Moscow, 2012