Ilya Kabakov (born Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 1933). Studied at the Surikov State Art Institute, Moscow. Founder of the Moscow Conceptualism movement. Invented the â€˜Total Installationâ€™ in the mid-1980s. Emigrated to New York City in 1988. Works with his wife and co-author Emilia Kabakov since 1989. Emilia Kabakov (born Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 1945). Live and work in New York, USA.