Taus Makhacheva (Mosca, 1983). Vive e lavora a Dubai.

Le opere di Taus Makhacheva esplorano le inquiete connessioni tra le diverse narrazioni storiche, tra finzioni e autenticità culturali. La sua arte si interroga sul concetto di resilienza, ritrovando nelle immagini, negli oggetti e nei corpi protagonisti dei suoi lavori elementi personali. Il suo lavoro è stato esposto a Gwangju Biennale (2023), the Biennial of Difficult Heritage (2021), the Yokohama Triennale (2020), Lahore Biennale (2020), Kaunas Biennial (2019), Lyon Biennale (2019), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018), Liverpool Biennial (2018), Manifesta (2018), Yinchuan Biennale (2018), Venice Biennale (2017), Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (2017), Shanghai Biennale (2016), Kyiv Biennial (2015), Sharjah Biennial (2013) e the Moscow Biennale (2011). Tra le sue mostre personali ricordiamo: “A Space of Celebration”, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2022), “4’224,92 cm. of Degas”, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2020), “Hold your Horses”, The Tetley, Leeds (2020), “Superhero Sighting Society”, conceived by Sabih Ahmed and Taus Makhacheva, KADIST Foundation, Paris (2019), “Сharivari”, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku (2019), “Storeroom”, Van Abbemuseum (2018), “Cloud Caught on a Mountain”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2017), “(In)sidenotes”, Uppsala Art Museum (2015), “A Walk, a Dance, a Ritual”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2014), “Story Demands To Be Continued”, Exhibition Hall of the Artists’ Union of Republic of Dagestan (2013). Le sue opere appaiono nelle collezioni de il Centre Pompidou – Paris, The P. S. Gamzatova Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts – Makhachkala, Kadist Art Foundation – Paris, San Francisco, Moscow Museum of Modern Art – Moscow, Museum of Modern Art – Antwerp, The P. S. Gamzatova Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts – Makhachkala, Sharjah Art Foundation – Sharjah, Tate Modern – London, Van Abbemuseum – Eindhoven.

viennacontemporary 2023 – Taus Makhacheva, Maquette of a Study, 2023 in-depth analysis (English)


20112013 MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
20082009 New Strategies in Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow
20032007 BA Fine Art (Studio practice and contemporary critical studies), Goldsmiths College, University of London, London


Selezione mostre personali

Space of Celebration, curated by Lucas Morin, Nora Razian, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai

It’s Possible to Raise the Ceiling a Bit, curated by Hanne Hagenaars, Fries Museum, Friesland

4`224,92 cm’2 of Degas, сurated by Nicole Schweizer, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
Hold Your Horses, curated by Helen Watson and Melissa Burntown, The Tetley, Leeds
Sturdy Black Shoes, curated by Edit Molnar and Marcel Schwierin, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg

Superhero Sighting Society, conceived by Sabih Ahmed and Taus Makhacheva, KADIST Foundation, Paris
Charivari, curated by Suad Garayeva-Maleki, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku
D’une pierre, une montagne, curated by Nicolas Audureau, LE CAP, Saint-Fons
The Strong Ones, curated by Lýdia Pribišová, Hit Gallery, Bratislava

Storeroom, curated by Christiane Berndes, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
BaidÀ, narrative projects, London

Cloud Caught on a Mountain, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Second World, Third Attempt, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai

Vababai Vadadai!, narrative projects, London
(In)sidenotes, curated by Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala

Dagestan. Not for Sale, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, artSumer Gallery, Istanbul
A Walk, a Dance, a Ritual, curated by Ilina Koralova, (GfZK) Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

What? Whose? Why?, curated by Daria Kirsanova, Raf projects, Tehran
Story Demands to Be Continued, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Exhibition Hall of the Artists’ Union of the Republic of Dagestan, Makhachkala
On Historical Ideals of Labour in the Country That Conquered Space, The Mews Artist Run Space, London
The Process of Instance of Breaking Open, curated by Maria Kotlyachkova and Emmeli Person, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar

Let Me Be Part of a Narrative, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Paperworks Gallery, Moscow
City States, Topography of Masculinity, curated by Irina Stark and Kelly Klifa, 7th Liverpool Biennial, LJMU Copperas Hill
Building, Liverpool

Affirmative Actions (mimesis), curated by Marco Scotini, Laura Bulian Gallery, Milan

Affirmative Actions, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Panopticon Inutero, Moscow

A Space of Celebration, Pervaya Gallery, Makhachkala



Kandinsky Prize, Media Art, shortlisted, Moscow

Art Here 2021 Richard Mille Art Prize. Memory, Time, Territory, Abu Dhabi Louvre, shortlisted, Abu Dhabi

Future Generation Art Prize, shortlisted, Pinchuk Art Foundation, Kyiv

Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year, Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art, Moscow

Kandinsky Prize, Young Artist, Project of the Year, winner, Moscow (as Super Taus)

VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Prize, winner, Moscow

Future of Europe, winner, (GfZK) Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Innovation Prize, Regional Project, shortlisted, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow

Innovation Prize, New Generation, winner, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow


Selezione pubblicazioni

Dekker, Elsbeth; Schweiger Robbie. Beggining in the Middle, Jap sam Books, 2022
Raza, Sara. Punk Orientalism: The Art of Rebellion, Black Dog Press, 2022
Phaidon Editors. Prime – Art’s Next Generation, Phaidon Press, 2022
Tlostanova, Madina. The Decoloniality of Being, Knowledge and Sensations, Tselinnii, 2020
Schweizer, Nicole; Z. Rizvi Uzma; van Velsen, Vincent ed, Taus Makhacheva. 4`224,92 cm’2 of Degas, Fondation du Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, 2020
Burrows, Dani; Cezar Aaron ed. Politics of Food, co-published by Delfina Foundation and Sternberg Press, 2019
Kholeif, Omar. The Artists Who Will Change the World, Thames and Hudson, 2018
Makhacheva, Taus. Tightrope, V-A-C Press, Mousse Publishing, 2017
Makhacheva, Taus. Types du Caucase. Onestar Press, 2014
Makhacheva, Taus; Maslyaev, Alexey ed. Story Demands to Be Continued. Self-published, 2013
Amirsadeghi, Hossein; Vickery, Joanna ed. Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Thames and Hudson, 2011


Selected group shows

In the Heart of Another Country, curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, Contemporary Art of Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
I`m Stepping High, I`m Drifting, and There I Go Leaping, curated by Weng Xiaoyu, Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Shandong
Hurting and Healing. Let`s Imagine a Diffrent Heritage, curated by Charles Esche, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Migration in Art – the Art of Migrations, curated by Danilo Vuksanović, Jelena Ognjanović, Luka Kulić, Novi Sad, Serbia
Moving Woman, curated by Maria Lind, Smena, Kazan

Biennial of Difficult Heritage, curated by Anton Valkovsky, Volgograd
One Point Five, curated by Stefanie Böttcher, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz
Hands, curated by Madhursee Dutta and Ala Younis, Akademie der Künste der Welt, Köln
Time of Mourning, curated by Daniela, Linda Dostálková, PLATO Ostrava, Ostrava

Yokohama Triennale 2020 ‘Afterglow’, curated by Raqs Media Collective, Yokohama
Eat the Museum, curated by Fanny Hauser and Viktor Neumann, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil
Between the sun and the moon, curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Lahore biennial, Lahore
Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 ‘Escape routs’, Bangkok

Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human, curated by Kathryn Weir with associate Cosmopolis curator Ilaria Conti and in collaboration with associate curators Charléne Dinhut and Zhang Hanlu, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Where Water Comes Together with Other Water, curated by Adélaïde Blanc, Daria de Beauvais, Yoann Gourmel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène and Hugo Vitrani, 15th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, Lyon
After Leaving / Before Arriving, curated by Elisabeth Del Prete, Daniel Milnes, Lýdia Pribišová, Neringa Stoškutė and Alessandra Troncone, 12th Kaunas Biennial, Kaunas
Future Generation Art Prize, curated by Björn Geldhof and Tatiana Kochubinska, 58th Venice Biennale, collateral event, Palazzo Ca’ Tron, Venice
The Keeper; To Have and to Hold, curated by Emer McGarry, The Model, Sligo
Future Generation Art Prize, curated by Björn Geldhof and Tatiana Kochubinska, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv

Punk Orientalism, curated by Sara Raza, Mackenzie Art gallery, Regina Saskatchewanituals
Rituals of Signs and Metamarphosis< curated by Terek Abou El Fetouh, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing
Supernature in Two Parts, cureted by Haroon Mirza and Daria Khan (Mimosa House), Lisson Gallery, London
One Place after Another, curated by Victor Misiano, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow
The Planetary Garden, curated by Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli and Mirjam Varadinis, Manifesta 12, Palermo
Starting from the Desert, curated by Marco Scotini, 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan
Beautiful World, Where Are You?, curated by Kitty Scott and Sally Tallant, 10th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Everything Was Forever, Until It Was no More, curated by Katerina Gregos, 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga

New Literacy, curated by Joao Ribas, 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg
Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Space Force Construction, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice
How to Live Together, curated by Nicolaus Schaufhasen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
1st Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, curated by Katya Inosemtseva, Snejana Krasteva, Andrey Misiano, Ilmira Bolotyan, Tatiana Volkova and Sasha Obukhova, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Why not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories, curated by Raqs Media Collective, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
VII Permanent collection display interaction: Contemporary Artists Respond to MMOMA Collection, curated by Elena Yaichnikova, MMOMA, Moscow
Travellers, curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz, Zachete National Gallery, Warsaw
Museum ON/OFF, curated by Alicia Knock, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Lost in the Archive, curated by Inga Lace and Andra Silapetere, Riga City Exhibition Hall Riga Art Space, Riga

‘Otwock’ Season 5: Silvohortiaromatherapy, curated by Kasia Redzis and Magda Materna, Otwock
How to Gather? Acting in a Centere in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, curated by Bart De Baere, Defne Ayas and Nicolaus Schafhausen, 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, VDNKh, Moscow
The School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schollhammer, Kyiv
Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity, curated by Marco Scotini, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Bologna

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, curated by Kate Bush, Calvert 22, London
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
Russian Performance: A Cartography of Its History, curated by Julia Aksenova and Sasha Obukhova, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Untitled… (Native Foreigners), curated by Andrey Misiano, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Nostalgia Nervosa, curated by Iliana Fokianaki, State of Concept, Athens
Sensible Action, curated by Beral Madra, Alanika 2013, National Museum of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania, Vladikavkaz
Love Me, Love Me not, curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, 55th Venice Bienniale, collateral event, Venice
No Water Tomorrow, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Re:emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah
The Enchanted Wanderer, curated by Andrey Misiano, Chukotka’s Heritage Museum Center, Anadyr

I Am Who I Am, curated by Olga Sviblova, Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf
Animal Style, curated by Ilya Shipilovskikh, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg
Quarantania, curated by David Thorp, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Joyful Archipelago, curated by Olga Grotova, Guest Projects, London
Migrasophia, curated by Sara Raza, Maraya Contemporary Art Centre, Sharjah

Rewriting Worlds, curated by Peter Weibel, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, main project, ARTPLAY Design Centre, Moscow
Expanded Cinema, curated by Olga Shishko, XII Media Forum of 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Get Up and Run Away with It – About Love and the Impossible, curated by Nadine Wietlisbach, Palais Bleu Le-Lie, Trogen
Greater Caucasus, curated by Irina Yashkova, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm
North Caucasian Biennale, curated by Djamilia Dagirova, Pervaya Gallery, Makhachkala
Practice for Everyday Life, curated by David Thorp, Calvert 22, London

Intimate Capital, curated by Andrey Parshikov, II Moscow International Biennale for Young Art ‘Qui Vive?’, Proekt_Fabrika, Moscow
History of Russian Video Art, Volume 3, curated by Antonio Geusa, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Aluminium, curated by Leyla Akhundzadeh, 4th International Baku Biennale of Contemporary Art, Baku
Let Me Think!, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, parallel programme, Red October Factory, Moscow
Really?, curated by Aleksandr Sokolov, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, parallel programme, ARTPLAY Design Centre, Moscow
Topography of Happiness: Russian Wedding from the 19th to the 21st Century, curated by Olga Sosnina, Tsaritsino State Museum, Moscow
We Will Take the Lead from Now On, curated by Arseniy Zhilyaev and Maria Chekhonadskih, Voronezh Centre for Contemporary Art, Voronezh

Me, Nature, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art ‘Qui Vive?’, Foundation ‘Contemporary City’, Moscow
Migration, curated by Daria Kamyshnikova, I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art ‘Qui Vive?’, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Documenting Possibilities, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, Valand School of Fine Art, Gothenburg

Caucasica, curated by Giancarlo Vianello, Scuola Grande di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Venice
XII INTERBIFER International Biennale of Portrait, Drawings and Graphics 06, Tuzla
‘Otwock’ Season 5: Silvohortiaromatherapy, curated by Kasia Redzis and Magda Materna, Otwock