Olga Koroleva (b.1987, Russia) is a London-based artist working across writing, photography, moving image and live action. She pursues her long-term inquiry into inter-species states of becoming through the examination of gestures, language and biology. Her work aims to address the gaps that occur in the distinction between human and non-human animals. Notions of language, work, labour, and an awareness of mortality are most often addressed through the use of futile actions and defunct objects that become agents through which to speak. This is about biological and mechanical life; how and where the two overlap. Drawing on autobiographical details at the core of which an internal conflict is often found, she creates fictionalised scenarios to be performed in live situations, either by the artist herself or by invited participants. These performances interrogate the function of repetitive structures and their role in simultaneously confirming the existing and producing the new.
In January 2016 she set up and currently runs The Political Animal reading group at The Showroom, London.
She is currently working on a cinematic triptych based around the three manifestations of the wolf: wolf as animal, wolf as a mythical character, wolf as a political entity. You can follow her progress on this Research and Development page.