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Was born in Dnepropetrovsk (now Dnipro, Ukraine).

Started with animation and painting. Graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk State University in 1988. Moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1989. In 2018 moved to the Netherlands. Graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in 2020 and is currently a guest resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
She has been engaged in contemporary art since the late 1980s, initially with photography and lens-based art. In the early 1990s, begins to add to her works text, textiles, collages and paint, not limited by pure print.

Since 1990 taking part in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide. In 1994, Vita received a Grant from the Bureau «Circ» in Amsterdam and worked on a project regarding Dutch art’s influence. In 2000 got a grant from la Mairie de Paris and spent three months in the Cité des Arts residence working on the project “Paris. Red” and producing a limited-edition artist book.

Shortlisted for Kandinsky Prize in 2009 and 2017. In 2017 she participated in the parallel program of the Venice Biennale of contemporary art in Palazzo Bembo. She is considered to be one of the forward-thinking feminists in post-soviet art. 

Works are in private and museum collections, such Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico; The Forbes Collection, Navigator Foundation, Boston; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; RuArts Foundation, Moscow; Mőlndal commun collection, Sweden; Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin and others. 

Vita Buivid




2018 – 2020

ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem, Netherlands;

Dutch Art Institute - MA (DAI Art Praxis)

1981 – 1986

Dnepropetrovsk State University, USSR/Ukraine





Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

– guest resident


Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, Netherlands


Kulturprojekt Mariposa, Arona, Tenerife, Spain


Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France


CEC Artslink, New York, USA

– in collaboration with Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA 


CIRC Atelier Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands






Not (too) old/Not (too) young. Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, Netherlands


Relatively (Not) Old. MP project, Amsterdam


Cold Summer. Jump Art Centre, Poltava, Ukraine


Family portrait in an Interior. We-Fest, Urban culture centrum, Perm, Russia


My Love Is Not a Wisp of Smoke. Moscow Museum of Modern Art


Acts of civil status. Karas Gallery, Kiev


Heat. Dnepropetrovsk State Art Museum, Ukraine


Workdays. Museum of the History of Photography, St. Petersburg


Love me as I love you. Karas Gallery, Kiev


Dream book. Karas Gallery, Kiev


Vita Aperte. RuArts gallery, Moscow


How did I spend my summer. ARTStrelka projects gallery, Moscow


Photo-knitwear. Fashion and style in Photography Biennale, Moscow Museum of Modern Art


Familia. Freud Museum, St. Petersburg


Antifashion. White Space Gallery, London


Empire in things. Moscow Art Center


Rutgers University, USA


Love me as I love you. Werdermann Art gallery, Hamburg 


Vestals. New Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg 


Goethe Institut, Moscow


De Moor photo center, Amsterdam


Kunstsalon Dolberg, Berlin


Photo Medium Art gallery, Wroclaw, Poland


Ann Westin gallery, Stockholm






Fuck Healing (?) – Living the Wounded Life. Film screening at the event organised by Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis. Treehouse NDSM, Amsterdam


We are listening to a record. De Vlugt Artist’s incubator, Amsterdam


Artists for Ukraine – charity art market at the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht


Benefietveiling voor Oekraine, auction. Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam


Dok for Peace: Benefit Art Exhibition and Auction. Plantage Dok, Amsterdam


Chapter 4OUR: Abundance. Curated by Simon(e) van Saarloos.

Film screening as part of the video programme. Het Hem, Zaandam


Impact of art education in the Netherlands – artist talk, RuArts Foundation, Moscow


Hybrid Studio of the Anonymous Doctors, round table with Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Amsterdam






Silver Tongue: Aspects of Solidarity. The Bookstore Foundation, Amsterdam

– upcoming


Jubileumexpositie - B(ring) Y(our) O(wn) B(eamer). Pulchri Studio, Den Haag


Unbound. Westergas, Amsterdam


UPDATE: werk van nieuwe leden. Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam


Overwhelming Majority? Shtager Gallery, London


SHUT:IN. MP project, Amsterdam


Do You Think It Is A Commodity? MP project, Amsterdam


Sorry, We Are Closed. MP project, Amsterdam


History of the Development of Multimedia Art in Leningrad - St. Petersburg

1985-2000. Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Centre, St. Petersburg


UPHA. Made in UkraineAKT Art Space, Kiev


Night Seminar. 2nd Worldwide Apartment and Studio Biennale, Arnhem, NL


Women at Work: Subverting the Feminine in Post-Soviet RussiaWhite Space Gallery, London


Personal StructuresEuropean Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Venice


WAR/SHE. Kharkov, Ukraine


Ukrainian complex. Museum of Modern Art, Odessa, Ukraine


Der Klare Blick. Pop/off/art gallery, Berlin


Anonymous. Perm Museum of Modern Art, Russia


Fotofest. Huston, USA


Chernihiv Photo Fest. Ukraine


INDEPENDENT: new art of the new country 1991-2011. Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine


ŽEN d’АRТ. The Gender History of Art in the Post-Soviet Space: 1989–2009. Moscow Museum of Modern Art


Photoquai. 1st World Visual Arts Biennial, Paris


Manly. Art in General gallery, New York






Text/Textile. Series of seven workshops for residents of Hoorn, as part of 

long-term art residency at Hotel Maria Kapel


Knit for Survival! Emergency sweater knitting workshop against P*t*n. Series of thirteen workshops at Mediamatic, Amsterdam




Fuck Healing (?) – Living the Wounded Life, ed. by A. Muller, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA), and Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, 2022

Dead Darlings #15, Summer Edition, catalogue,  Amsterdam, 2022

Lora Mjolsness, Michele Leigh. She Animates: Gendered Soviet and Russian Animation. Academic Studies Press, 2021

Supremacy and Feeling. Contemporary Artists from Moscow. Antiga Edizioni, 2020

Not a Neutral Conduit: Fictocritical Approaches in Artistic Research. ed. by David Maroto. Antwerp, 2019

Women and Gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: A Comprehensive Bibliography, Vol. II. Russia. ed. by Mary Zirin with Christine D. Worobec. Routledge, 2015

Huston FotoFest 2012. Biennial Catalogue. Contemporary Russian Photography. Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2012

Independent New Art of New Country 1991-2011. Mystetsʹkyĭ arsenal. Kyiv: Presa Ukraïny, 2011

ŽEN D’АRТ. The Gender History of Art in the Post-Soviet Space: 1989-2009. ed. by Nataliya Kamenetskaya, Oksana Sarkisyan. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2010

Contemporary Photography from Eastern Europe: History, Memory, Identity. ed. by Filippo Maggia, Claudia Fini, Francesca Lazzarini. Milan, Skira, 2009

Photoquai. Biennale des images du monde. Musee du Quai Branly, 2007

Isaak J.A.  Feminism and Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Laughter. Taylor & Francis, 2002

Renee Baigell, Matthew Baigell. Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia: the First Decade. Rutgers University Press, 2001

Paradoxa. International feminist art journal. Desire and the Gaze. Volume 6, July 2000

Tupitsyn, V. Communal (Post)modernism: Russian Art of the Second Half of the 20th Century. Moscow: Ad Marginem. 1998

ARTnews, Volume 97, Issues 1-6

Idylle & Katastrophe. Neoakademismus und Nekrorealismus aus Sankt Petersburg. Kunstverlag Gotha, 1996

Photo-reclamation. New art from Moscow 
and Saint-Petersburg. ed. by Brandon Taylor. John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton Photographers’ Gallery, London, 1994–1995

Time capsule. A concise encyclopedia by women artists. ed. by Robin Kahn. Creative time in cooperation with SOS INT’l, 1995

Self-identification.  Positions in St.  Petersburg. Art from 1970 until Today. ed. by Kathrin Becker and Barbara Straka. Kiel, 1994