TATIANA KOROLEVA

 BIOGRAPHY
Born in Surgut, Western Siberia, Russia
Lives and works in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Tatiana Koroleva is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher who works in the mediums of performance art, video art and creative writing. A graduate of a doctoral program in Humanities at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University (Montréal) and a professor at the Department of Studio Arts, Koroleva explores intersections of art practice and theoretical research in cultural anthropology and religious studies. Focusing on participatory aspects of performance art, Koroleva introduces innovative methods of interaction with the audience based on adaptation of ritualistic practices to the context of late-capitalist societies. Since 2004, Koroleva has performed locally and internationally including her participation in Miami International Festival of Performance Art (FL,USA), International Biennale of Performance Art DEFORMES (Santiago de Chile, Chile), ITINERANT Festival of Performance Art (New York, USA), International Women’s Film Festival (Buffalo, USA), Body Navigation International Dance Festival (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and Nuit Blanche Festival of Contemporary Art (Montréal, Canada). Her most recent performances Rara Avis (2017) and The Bread of my
Foremothers (2017) were presented at Queens Museum (New York, USA) as a part of LiVEART.US and Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival 2017 (Sofia, Bulgaria).
A Holder of Fulbright scholarship (USA) and Concordia University Fine Arts fellowship (Canada), Koroleva engages in a rigorous research-creation process combining methods of studio arts and critical theory. Her plans for 2017 include creative work on inter-media project Everybody Dies But Me exploring the history of immigration between Eastern Europe and Canada.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My work focuses on therapeutic aspects of performance art and the process of community formation through the methods of interactive performance. Conceptually, my work engages with the subjects of ritual, transformation of individual subjectivity and formation of alternative models of the body and the self in the framework of ritualistic performance art. Engaging my audience in the communal action I search for the ways to reconstruct the notion of the collective body associated with the folk models of the self. I am interested in exploring the possibilities of sensual communication through touch, smell and sound to unfold the therapeutic quality of collective ritualistic practices. Intimacy of emotional and physical experiences is the starting point of my performative experiments. I search for the ways to transcend socially-constructed models of individuality promoted in contemporary late-capitalist cultures and to create new mechanisms of formation and reinforcement of community through the means of ritual.