Anastasia Savinova

Breaking down “authentic fragments and details of architectural environment” in her mixed media practice, Russian artist Anastasia Savinova creates collages, drawings and wooden sculptures that harness the symbolic energy of various motifs and materials. Whether physical or representational, the wood, geometry, bricks and tiles of buildings make up Savinova’s visual language, allowing her to weave narrative across various cultures and storylines. One of her most recent projects, Genius Loci explores differences and similarities between places of habitation—capturing and collaging the faces of buildings in an effort to understand “the feeling of Place.”

"In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Traveling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation for a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. While architecture and landscape are visual components of the integral image of the Place, at the same time, this image is inseparably linked with a mentality and a way of life. It is saturated with “an incorporeal something”. Ancient Romans called it “genius loci” – the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage, “genius loci” refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere. A big house on each collage is composed of many buildings, which are typical for a particular country or city, in their connection with the land and the spirit of the Place.

My collages are "jars" where I keep the spirit of the places I visited. I want my collages to show not only architectural structures in cohesion with landscape but also to catch something bigger than sum of elements - a whole integral image of space. I want to visualize something intangible - the feeling, the atmosphere, even the smell. I think all the places have something special, which is true only there."

born 1988, Sverdlovsk, USSR
since 2012 lives and works in Sweden

2011 - Samara State Architectural University, MA Design / Samara, Russia
2009 - Samara State Architectural University, BA Design / Samara, Russia

“Cycle Up!” / Galleri Pictura, Skånska konstmuseum / Lund, Sweden (solo)
“Ung Salong” / Uppsala Konstmuseum / Uppsala, Sweden
“Icons” / Academiska Sjukhuset / Uppsala, Sweden (solo)
“Artists care”/ exhibition for TEDx “Who cares” / Stadsteater / Uppsala, Sweden
“Cycle Up!” / Art Lab Studio / Upsala, Sweden (solo)
“Discoveries II” / Galleri Heike Arndt DK / Kettinge, Denmark
“Fresh Legs”/ Gallery Heike Arndt / Berlin, Germany
“Home of Israel” / Balboa park, San Diego, CA, USA
“Usual things” / Uppsala Art Lab / Uppsala, Sweden
“Object Abuse” / Spinach gallery / London, UK
“Deluge” / exhibition for TEDx “Resilience”/ Konsert och Kongress / Uppsala,Sweden
Belfast Photo Festival / Love and Death Gallery/ Belfast, UK
Group show for laureates of Incubarte Festival / Club Diario Levante / Valencia, Spain
Festival of Independent Art INCUBARTE / MuVim Valencian Museum of the Illustration and of the Modernity / Valencia, Spain
“Virion” / A biennial exhibition of digital art / Brisbane, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland

2016 - upcoming - kunstnarhuset Messen - 2 months / Ålvik, Norway
2016-2017 - upcoming - Alstra Atelje - 2 month / Umeå, Sweden
2014 Art Lab Studio, 4 months / Uppsala, Sweden
2012 Can Xalant, 2 weeks / Mataro, Spain

2015 Interantional exchange grant / Konstnärsnämnden / IASPIS / Sweden
2013 Experiment bio / Special mentions/ Bilbao, Spain
2012 Incubarte festival / Premio Especial Incubarte V/ Valencia,Spain

WHO:HOW / guest lecturer/ PXL-MAD school of Arts, Hasselt, Belgium
Hosting International Slow Art Day / in collaboration with Uppsala Konstmuseum
Organisation of Art Wall Project / Uppsala, Sweden
“Green bag” project / guest workshop leader / project funded by LSU / Stockholm, Sweden
“Sustainable art” / guest lecturer for CEMUS Center for Sustainable Development / Biotopia museum / Uppsala, Sweden