Anna Bochkova was born in 1995 in Rostov-On-Don, Russia. She is a visual artist who lives between Vienna and Hamburg. After studying set design and directing, Anna Bochkova continued her education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Hfbk in Hamburg. Her works have been exhibited on several occasions around Europe, including Erste Foundation and Exile Gallery in Vienna and Spazio SERRA in Milan. She is collaborating with the Latvian Academy of art and occasionally curates exhibitions. Her next upcoming show entitled 'the Room' will take place in an industrial art space in Brno, CZ.
Bochkova's approach is primarily sensory and aims to incorporate thought through the performative practice of material production. For the artist, it is essential to decode the conceptual elements and present them to the viewer through her sculptures. Anna Bochkova works with various materials and techniques, such as metal, ceramics, plaster, papier-mache, stone, textiles, painting and drawing. All these different expression strategies help the artist develop a visual statement that becomes the manifestation of her research.
Anna Bochkova's interests lie in the field of space and its construction. By creating different installation artworks, the artist creates heterotrophic and utopian spaces in which themes such as care, mutual solidarity, and support are contained and reflected in urban and private spaces. Her personal experience plays a vital role in interpreting such themes that often reflect parts of her culture.
Venera6 is a visual vocabulary based on scenic space. As she builds up the dramaturgy, where the characters are her sculptures, the artist proposes an architectural narrative that reflects on the themes of memory and migration. The installation creates a parallel universe: the artist's personal world, in which we can also reflect on ourselves through a small mirror placed at the bottom of the sculpture. It is not accidental that a mirror is placed inside the work since it is used as a device through which the external reality can get in contact with the inside of the structure but nonetheless exists only as an image of it.
We are all immigrants to some extent, just like the artist, and so we can really experience the work - its utopia, its frontiers, its potential and its limitations. Heterotopic spaces become a space for reflection and criticism of existing hierarchies.
Text by Milena Zanetti