“The artist Olga Kisseleva’s approach to her work is much the same as a scientist’s. A discrepancy detected during a procedure or within the workings of a structure oblige her to formulate a hypothesis, in order to explain the complication in question, and wherever possible, to propose a solution to the problem. She then determines the skills necessary to pursue the relative study, and commissions the research.
The artist calls upon exact sciences, on genetic biology, geophysics, and also on political and social sciences. She proceeds with her experiments, calculations and analyses, while strictly respecting the methods of the scientific domain in question. Her artistic hypothesis is thus verified and approved by a strictly scientific method.
In each of Olga Kisseleva’s projects, at each stage of its development, from the initial draft (when the context is taken into consideration), until the moment when the indications allowing the esthetic propositions to come to light are gathered together, a line is traced upon which the different elements convened are inscribed. This way of addressing places and people allows the artist to take on an unusual position, a kind of involvement consisting of questioning, affronting or testing the elements constituting the reality of a situation in which she can borrow from numerous mediations, supports and modes of representation as diverse as the situations themselves. Yet it still implies, for the viewer as well as the artist, a certain faithfulness to a watchword – vigilance – returning to a principle of responsibility, and implying the establishment of open relationships between the different elements brought into play by esthetic propositions.”
excerpt from the catalogue “Windows”, Musée Marc Chagall, Nice, 2008
“Olga Kisseleva is one of the most accomplished Russian artists of her generation. Graduated from St. Petersburg University, she belongs to the first generation after Perestroika, which helped to bring down the Berlin Wall and cast aside the iron curtain.
The artist’s main exhibitions include: National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Modern Art Museum, Paris, Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, KIASMA, Helsinki, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Venice Biennial (1999, 2001, 2003), Istanbul Biennial (2001), Dakar Biennial (2002), La Fondation Cartier for contemporary art, Paris, Center Georges Pompidou Contemporary Art Museum, Paris, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, Machida Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Art Institute, Chicago…”
excerpt from the catalogue “INOUT Prague biennial”, July 2003