Alina Sokolova (Ukraine, lives and works in Austria)
Studied at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia (sculpture & installation class).
since 2015 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria (art and photography class, prof. M.Guttmann).
In her art practice Alina Sokolova revolves around forming critical narratives through personal details, transferring from one form and medium to another, trying to research and question different issues and phenomena. Her conceptual ideas hold a great potential for research since she works with installation, photography and performance. Her artworks take a critical view on social and cultural issues, but from deeply personal point of view. She searches for engagement with the larger public and often performs in the public space or produces a participatory art pieces, questioning the nature of engagement in art. Her works are political but she engages the subject from a perspective that spans the mythical, poetical as well as the earthly. The focus of her work is human role in a society, process of border crossing, influence of post-communist phenomenon on a society, play with the system turning it into a personal ritual. Her projects resonates with the earlier ones, creating a sequence of work that allows us to look at a subject from historical perspective. She looks for the place where the theory and the connection to the viewer could produce an integrated experience.