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Svetlana Ochkovskaya

Portsmouth, UK

Svetlana makes immersive, disorientating, otherworldly installations and sculptures, mythic representations of her world view. Inhabited by a creature that is neither human nor alien, real or imaginary, these glowing environments and tactile costumes bend the fragile boundaries of our perceived reality.

Her works are fantastic and strange, inviting you into her micro-world to explore ideas of identity, belonging and otherness. She wants to extend the boundaries of the human figure, invert a sense of identity and create a new form of fantastical being.

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Svetlana currently lives and works in Portsmouth, UK. Since graduating from the BA Fine Art course at Southampton Solent University in 2017, she has also completed Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2020. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

She has shortlisted for the Zealous Stories Photography 2021; the Batsford Prize Award 2021, 2019, 2017; the Zealous Stories Performance 2020; the Visual Art Open Prize 2018; the Harvest Short Film Competition 2019; the Nasty Women International Art Prize 2018. She has received the Goldsmiths International Response Scholarship Award 2017. Svetlana has completed a residency and exhibited at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth and shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award in 2017. She has also completed residencies at Solent University and Sticks Gallery in Fareham. Recent publications include Ludvig Rage, Inside Artist and Trebuchet.

Recent solo exhibitions include We Are Not Ourselves at the Stone Space and Jeannie Avent Gallery in London and Portal Fantasy at the K6 Gallery in Southampton. Svetlana won second place in the Sunny Art Prize in 2020. Recent 2021 group exhibitions include Art In The Garden, Little Forest Land Art, North Boarhunt; Platform Art Projects Open Call; April, Alone, Together, curated by Shannon Skye Robinson; Wilderness, The Haven, St Pancras New Church, London; The Castle, Arthousehaus, London; Human Was Here, The Virtual Museum of Anthropocene; Issue 9 – The Identity, New Haus Gallery/Kofferraum Haus Gallery.