Selected works by Anna Parkina

Anna Parkina


Collage, ink and gouache on paper, mounted on board

42.5 x 50 cm

Anna Parkina’s collages and sculptures, aesthetically reminiscent of Constructivist and Soviet propaganda art, are visual juggernauts from which to contemplate the anxieties of contemporary Russian culture and society.

Anna Parkina
Thick Steam Above The Wing Of A Sparrow


Wood, paint

143 x 129 x 70 cm
Anna Parkina
The Hollow


Collage on paper, mounted on board

49.7 x 32.8 cm

Parkina was born and raised in the Soviet Union, and lived in Paris and California before returning to post-Soviet Moscow. Marked by a slightly distant, inside-outside perspective, her collages revisit the medium and explore it through old and new images evoking both past and present in her native country.

Anna Parkina
Zamki I Samki


Collage and gouache on paper, mounted on board

41 x 43 cm
Anna Parkina
The Case Is Open II


Gouache photocopy and ink on paper, mounted on board

58 x 68 cm
Anna Parkina
Hole In Highway


Collage, pencil, ink, gouache, books, photocopy on paper, mounted on board

43.5 x 61 cm

Her work may visually reference the historical Russian avant-garde, but it is also her own edit of the status quo – a set of image- and text-based conceptual, inscrutable ‘riddles’. Her collage works consist of abstract, geometric shapes, imagery taken from the mass media, cut-out printed type and hand-painted extras, completed by slightly cryptic titles. The result, despite the familiar nature of the genre and the ordinary quality of her materials, is both heady and mysterious.

Anna Parkina
White Turn To Be Black


Oil, photocopy, coloured paper, book and poster on canvas

60 x 70 cm
Anna Parkina


Oil, collage, poster on canvas

60 x 50 cm

Here, the everyday is re-configured and time suspended through a frenzy of layered, duplicated imagery and its suggestions – of nature, such as birds, and hands, but also of Soviet icons such as cars, instruments, buildings, trains, film still faces and sinister silhouettes of figures wearing fedoras.

Anna Parkina
Fist Timer


Oil and collage on canvas

50 x 40 cm

Her sculptures convey a similar magnetic excess. Thick Steam Above the Wing of a Sparrow stands on a plinth as a defined solid but also nebulous shape. The way it fits together mixes the order of sharp, utilitarian craftsmanship with a chaotically abstract, non-specific purpose. Like her collages, it is like a puzzle, and it’s easy to get lost looking into its engine of oddly patterned shapes and the hollows within.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Anna Parkina's Biography

Anna Parkina
Born in 1979, Moscow, Russia
Lives and works in Moscow, Russia


LVMH Space, Brussels
Sivit Gallery, Prague

For a Black Day, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

Egg in the Fist, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
The ticket is for today, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK
Nests, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

Open Space, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Silent Corner of Field, GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia

White Time, COMA, Berlin, Germany
Winners and Witness, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Winners and Witness, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

Pocket Chrystal, Kjubh, Cologne, Germany

Corn Rush the movie II- Dark Room, Haswellediger & Co. Gallery, NY, USA

Zapovednik, Exhibition and book presentation, Galerie Meerettich, Berlin, Germany

Hier geht’s raus, Golden Pudel, Hamburg, Germany


Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
Chambres à part VI, curated by Laurence Dreyfus, La Réserve, Paris
Things, Words and Consequences, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Modernikon: Contemporary Art from Russia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Italy; Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy

East Bound, with Goshka Macuga, Marketa Othova and Jan Mancuska, KAI 10 Raum Für Kunst,
Dusseldorf, Germany

Really ? Russian postpostmodernist artists, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Parallel
program, Artplay-on-Yauza Design Centre, Moscow, Russia
Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum,Venice Biennale, 53rd International Art Exhibition
Sound, A virtual sound show, curated by Bozidar Brazda,
No Capry for an Old Man, Group show on the Venice Beach, LA, USA
The Show Must go on, GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Do Not Lean on Doors, Gallery Anton Litvin, Moscow, Russia

Madonna, curated by Caroline Nathusius, Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin, Germany
The Apples Fall Close to the Tree, Young Artist Biennale (presented by Anatoly Osmolovsky),
Moscow, Russia
The End Was Yesterday, Kunstzeitraum, Innsbruck, Austria
Collage, Forever a Day Buro, Berlin, Germany
Freedom of Choice, Museum of History and Revolution, Moscow, Russia
The End Was Yesterday, Autocenter and Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany
The Object is the Mirror: part II, curated by Max Henry, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Cut, Thierry Goldberg Project, NY, USA

Dracularising, NeueAlteBrucke, Frankfurt, German
Gray Flags, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
Hello, I am crashing, Salon 94, NY, USA
A show with Jop Van Liefland, Galerie 207, NY, USA
Bellvue, Curated by Caroline Nathusius, Galerie Ewa Winkeler, Frankfurt, Germany

Mental Odyssey, COMA, Berlin, Germany
A show with Andrew Gilbert, Bianca Schoenig, Anne Tismer, Ballhausost, Berlin, Germany
Summer Show, Daniel Hug Galerie, Los Angeles, CA, USA
A room with..., Michael Janissen Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Corn Rush the movie I, Cal State Long Beach Univercity, Los Angeles, USA

1/x, L’école des Beaux arts, Paris, France
Sammlung Taubenstrasse, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany
En : Ton ! Die ! Sjans!? Galerie XX Multiples, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

La Maison piégé, Paris, France

Collective 10 - Galerie L., Paris, France