In her practice Elena experiments with the ability of art to reassemble reality, to reinvent it. Her main focus is on visual reality as representation of ideas and ideologies. For instance, she addresses her Soviet childhood memories in order to analyse how the social programs and attitudes of the USSR interlace with the reality of today. Looking back to the past, Elena creates a visual dictionary – an archive of reinvented memories which crystallise in this series of artworks. However, she also looks into the near future, and invents rules and actions that are yet free of meanings and connotations. The result is a series of video works, which are documentation of the events that haven’t happened yet.
Elena Minaeva lives and works in Moscow. Her works are included in private collections in Russia, France and the US.