Taus Makhacheva

Taus makhacheva portrait

° 1983

Lives in Makhachkala, Dagestan (RU), lives in London (GB), lives in Moscow (RU), born in Moscow (RU).

Taus Makhacheva mobilizes her heritage as an artist of Avari descent to explore cultural aspects of everyday life in Dagestan and the Caucasus, from issues of gender and identity to man’s relation to history, collective memory, and the environment. With a stance vis-à-vis today’s society that is at once humorous and critical, Makhacheva strives to reconcile the contemporary with the nostalgic, the local with the global, and traditional streams with the progressive. A laureate of the 2011 Kandinsky Prize for Media Art Project of the Year and the Innovation Prize for New Generation, Makhacheva has shown at biennales in Moscow, Venice, Sharjah, and Liverpool. Her work has been exhibited in the Uppsala Kunstmuseum in Sweden, Calvert 22 in London, and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Her work can be found in the collection of the Tate Modern in London, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the MuKHA in Antwerp and the Yarat Foundation in Baku.

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