Polina Kanis

kanis_polinaBorn in 1985 in Leningrad. Education: Hertsen Russian State Pedagogical University, Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Long-listed for the Kandinsky Prize 2010 in the “Young Artist” nomination. Nominated for the State Innovation Prize (2011) in the “New Generation” nomination.


Polina Kanis’ video “Eggs” shows the artist on a rooftop, trying to catch in her skirt eggs that fly from all directions. She catches some, but not all. The artist runs from left to right — just like the Soviet video game where the Wolf from “Just You Wait!” catches eggs in a basket on the screen. “Eggs” is a statement on the gender status of the individual, as part of the social structure of prescribed relations between the sexes. It documents a performance in which the artist considers the theme of voluntary female victimization and the nature of aggression that is realized in socially legitimate forms.