ELENA TUTATCHIKOVA

Elena Tutatchikova

Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. Currently lives and works in Kyoto.

Tutatchikova focuses her interest on the connection between the imagination, walking, and storytelling, as well as on the relationship between nature and man throughout different regions. With the help of local residents, she approaches different lands as veritable resources of history, language, imagination and thought. Her exhibited work comes in the form of installations using photography, video, sound, text, and drawings.

After studying classical music and Japanese literature in Moscow, Tutatchikova moved to Japan in 2012, where she finished her master’s and doctor’s degrees in Fine Art at the 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). Her latest solo shows include "Days With the Wind" (Takamatsu Artist In Residence, Megijima Island, Takamatsu, Japan, 2021), "The Path Across the Peninsula" (held at venues in the Shiretoko peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, 2018), and "On Teto’s Trail" (Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan 2017). In 2016, she participated in Kenpoku Art in Ibaraki, Japan, where she opened an installation focused on the region's forestry industry.


Education

2020 D.F.A., Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art
2013-15  M.F.A., 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 (Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, 2014)

Public Collections

Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

* Days With the Wind (Takamatsu Artist-in-Residence, several venues on Megijima Island, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan)

2020

* Walk In Progress (Kousagisha Gallery, Kyoto, Japan)

2018

* The Path Across the Peninsula (several venues at Shiretoko peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan)
* With Ice, Comes New Sun (NOMA t.d., Tokyo, Japan)

2017

* On Teto's Trail (Gallery TRAX, Yamanashi, Japan)
* Hour of the Sheep, North Wind, Sunny (STUDIO STAFF ONLY, Tokyo, Japan)
* With My Dinosaurs (kumagusuku, Kyoto, Japan)
* In Summer: Apples, Fossils and the Book(BOOK MARUTE, Takamatsu, Japan)

2016
* In Summer: Apples, Fossils and the Book (POST, Tokyo, Japan)
* In Summer, With My Dinosaurs (nani, Tokyo, Japan)

2015

* To the Northern Shores(Tokyo Month of Photography, MUSÉE F, Tokyo, Japan)
* After an Apple Falls From the Tree, There is a Sound (Poetic Scape, Tokyo, Japan)

Selected Group Exhibitions and Festivals

* Kenpoku Art (Ibaraki, Japan, 2016)
* In the Beginning, Silence was Always Silence (Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2015)
* Higashikawa International Photo Festival (Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015)
* Atami Art Week (Shizuoka, Japan, 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

Workshops

* Fieldwork at Park Ueno - Children's Workshop (The International Library of Children’s Literature and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2017)
* Listen to the Sound of the River, Become the Sound of the River two-day workshop and performance at Kyoto Seika University (2019)
* One-week workshop for Arts Center and Department of Art & Design, Yuan Ze University,  Taiwan (2019)

Performances

* Music Today in Kyoto, ROHM Theatre (Kyoto, Japan, August 4, 2019)
* Performance with Shuta Hasunuma, SOTO (Kyoto, Japan, August 2, 2019)

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