Anna Rotaenko is a Germany-based artist born in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR in 1990. In addition to making large-scale installations, she works with electronic music, video, and digital imagery.
Moving from the particular to the general, her practice often draws upon personal stories that reveal a shared vulnerability of individuals from oppressed communities, including artists. Anna’s works explore the urban environment and its media, appropriating pop culture elements and its toolkit, such as apps, videogames, songwriting, etc. In a world where everyone is a user and technology is here to stay, Anna embraces digital art. Blurring the lines between work, artistic production, and everyday life, she explores the possibilities of re-coding existing technological systems.
Rotaenko studied at the Rodchenko Art School (2016 — 2018) and Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art (2015 — 2016). She participated in group exhibitions and festivals including New Russias 2020 (Manchester, UK), The Wrong Biennale (thewrong.org — 2019), Inrocks festival (Paris — 2018), ELECTRO- MECHANICA XIII, International Multimedia Festival (St. Petersburg, 2018), VII Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2017), V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art «Deep Inside» (Moscow, 2016) and others. Solo exhibitions: “Ringtone” (Vadim Sidur Museum, MMOMA, Moscow, 2020), “Magic precautions” (Cité internationale des arts, Paris, 2019), “Underside” (MMOMA, Moscow, 2016), «Waiting room» (Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2015). Awards and nominations: Nomination «New Generation» and French Institute Prize at the Innovation Award, 2019. Nomination «Best Media Object», Sergey Kuryokhin Award, 2018 Laureate of the Dostoevsky List «The most relevant photographers of Russia and Ukraine», 2016
Her works are in the collections of the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum (MMAM), Moscow Modern Art Museum (MMOMA), and private collections in Russia, France, Japan, Germany, Ukraine, and the US.