Irina Nakhova: 'Real freedom in your apartment’

The Russian artist takes us to her apartment in 1980’s Moscow

Russian artist Irina Nakhova takes us to her apartment in 1980’s Moscow. First created in 1984, Room. 2 was a result of her frustration from the oppressive Soviet Regime. The Soviet state only permitted artists working in the prominent ‘socialist realist style’ to practice.

As an ‘unofficial’ artist, Irina used accessible materials to make art at home. Using black, white and grey paper, she confused those who stepped into the space. Room. 2 became a space for artistic debate for the tight-knit community of Moscow conceptualist artists.

Irina is one of the founding members of Moscow conceptualism. Her friends and colleagues Ilya Kabakov, George Kisevalter, Vladimir Sorokin, Dmitrii Prigov, and Andrei Monastyrski were also part of the movement.

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Irina Nakhova

born 1955

Irina Nakhova Room no. 2


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