Olga F. Koroleva (she / her)

portrait ©Nadine Trushina, 2019

I am a London-based artist – un-academic – forager – lecturer. I work with recorded and live media, photography, and writing exploring ways of non-exploitative cohabitation with multiple others on this planet. I am the founder of the international peer-group The Political Animal, and curator of Togetherness stories for healing (with) the Oceans.

In December 2020 I adopted the middle name Farida given by my grandfather in response to my question: what would he name me, if he could, according to his language and culture.

There are four major strands in my practice at the moment: a speculative multispecies storytelling project themed around care, a performance / video / scent narrative / fairy tale based on supernatural love story - the poem Le Gars (Tsvetaeva, 1924), a research project on the recognition of cetacean personhood, and an exploration of vegetal worlds and how plants can help visualise hidden disability, via a decolonial mapping of plant propagation trajectories.

I am a Film Practice Fellow at The Centre for Film and Ethics, Queen Mary University of London (2019-2022), a Virtual Artist in Residence at Global Research Network (2019-2020), and a recipient of Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Grant (2019-2021).

You can read my recent interview in verdure engraved compiled by composer Jez Riley French where I talk about how my childhood experiences of art in its widest sense have informed my current practice.

Follow me on instagram @olgakoroleva_studio