Zoya Falkova

Zoya Fal’khova is a young female artist whose practices are rooted in feminism, political criticism and an attempt to deconstruct the role of Soviet Union in the history of Kazakhstan. While many artists take the historical past as a colonization, Zoya`s language does not take anyone’s sides. She is critical toward the Soviets as well as the existing system in Khazkhstan where she is strongly against nationalistic moods, lack of civil society and human rights.

Zoya’s uses installation, conceptual art - like her piece where ants are colonizing Karl Marx portrait - and 2d mixed media techniques, like her series where she paints her boyfriend with Borscht. She has exhibited at a wide range of galleries and events such as her solo show “Modernization of creation”, which featured at Esentai Gallery, Odessa Biennale, Limited Liability Pavilion in Venice in 2017, and Life is a Legend at the Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art. She recently completed an artist residency program in 2016 at the Dukley Art Community hosted by Russian decedent and gallerist, Marat Gelman.

Zoya lives and works in Almaty, Kazakhstan



Zoya Falkova (Focus Kazakhstan Facebook)

Traveling Kazakh exhibition leaves scandal in its wake

Kazakhstan spends many millions burnishing its international reputation. This year the government spent one of those millions introducing the global art elite to the country’s shady business culture.

eurasianet, Nov 6, 2019


Kyrgyzstan launched its first ‘Feminnale’ for feminist art. Then the censors arrived

Bishkek's Feminnale kicked off a fight against the patriarchy. But with government censorship, the struggle is proving even more difficult than artists predicted.

The Calvert Journal, 11 December 2019


“Bad jokes. On the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

The exhibition involves 12 works from 11 Kazakhstani artists:

Bakhyt Bubikanova, Elena and Viktor Vorobyovs, Yerbosyn Meldibekov, Erden Zikibay, Zoya Falkova, Mansur Smagambetov, Nurbol Nurakhamet, Pavel Ovchinnikov, Rashid Nurekeev, Saul Dyusenbin. Works are presented in various mediums: video, ceramics, painting, installation, graphics, sculpture.

Фонд Cорос-Казахстан, December 06, 2018