Trying to Survive

Video Artist: Anna Jermolaeva
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A game, where innocent child toys become monsters because of special point of view, an animal acts of greedy consumer society. A game, where rulers are little sexual daily routines and withdrawal of audience into world of desire, where absurd, obscene or hidden is a norm and creatures, which are harmless at the first sight, provoke the feeling of a hidden threat, sometimes becoming a direct aggression. A game, where fluctuations between child’s allusions and their appearances in mature sexual desire take place.

A lot of my works deal with a problem of manipulation, while those (that, or who) manipulate are often left behind the frame.

Anna Jermolaeva

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1970. Living in Vienna, Austria since 1989.

1998 graduated from University of Vienna (Faculty of Art History).
2002 graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Painting & Graphic Art/New Media) at Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

2006–2011 Professor of Media Arts, State School of Design/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2016-2017 Guest Professor of Art in Contemporary Context, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany
Since 2018 Professor for Experimental Design at University of Art and Design Linz, Austria.

Her work is held in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, MUMOK-Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Volpinum Kunstsammlung, MUSA, Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, Tiroler Landesmuseums Ferdinandeum, Vehbi Koc Foundation, Kontakt-The Art Collection of Erste Group, Belvedere, Landesgalerie Linz, Vienna Museum, Collection of Bank Austria, EVN Collection and Arbeiterkammer Vienna. Participated of the exhibition at Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2024.

Selected Solo Exhibitions



  • Padiglione Austria. Anna Jermolaewa ,LX. Esposizione Internationale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia


  • Anna Jermolaewa. Otto-Breicha-Preis für Fotokunst 2021, Museum der Moderne Rupertinum
  • 3.Mahler Forum, The Power of Wonder – Staunen als Kraft der Vergemeinschaftung, Gustav Mahler Komponierhäuschen, Maiernigg
  • Anna Jermolaewa, KUB Collection, Kunsthaus Bregenz
  • Anna Jermolaewa, Anastasia Jermolaewa, Galerie Johann Widauer


  • Anna Jermolaewa, Number Two, Schlossmuseum Linz, Austria
  • Anna Jermolaewa, Chernobyl Safari, Mak, Vienna, Austia


  • JOE, Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria


  • Anna Jermolaewa, Galerie Johann Widauer, Vienna, Austria
  • Anna Jermolaewa, Zwei linke Füße, Kunstraum Weikendorf, Austria
  • Anna Jermolaewa / Recurrence, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna
  • Anna Jermolaewa, Kremlin Doppelganger, Alkovi, Helsinki


  • Flag / Reenactment, Museum of the History of Photography, in frame of Festival “Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum”, St. Petersburg, Russia


  • Anna Jermolaewa, Galerie Johann Widauer, Vienna
  • Anna Jermolaewa, Beide Weiß, 21er Haus, Vienna
  • Anna Jermolaewa. A Noble Experiment, Kunsthaus Nexus, Saalfelden
  • Anna Jermolaewa - Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna