Taus Makhacheva

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Taus Makhacheva
Таус Османовна Махачева
Taus Osmanovna Makhacheva

(1983-08-14)August 14, 1983
Moscow, Soviet Union
Known forPerformance, video

Taus Makhacheva (Russian: Таус Османовна Махачева, born August 14, 1983) is a Russian artist based in Moscow. She is the granddaughter of Rasul GamzatovAvar poet, author, journalist and political activist. Taus Makhacheva included in the list of the Best contemporary Russian artists (ARTEEX), and also in the Russian Investment Art Rating 49ART.

Life and work[edit]

Taus Makhacheva was born in Moscow in 1983. From 2002 to 2003 she studied at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2007, she completed a BA program in Contemporary Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2006, she graduated in World Economics from the Russian State University for the Humanities. From 2008 to 2009, she studied New Artistic Strategies at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. In 2013 she received a Master's degree in Contemporary Art from Royal College of Art in London.

She is known predominantly for her performance and video works that critically examine what happens when different cultures and traditions come into contact with one another. Having grown up in Moscow with cultural origins in the Caucasus region of Dagestan, her artistic practice is informed by this personal connection with the co-existing worlds of pre and post Sovietisation. Oftentimes humorous, her works attempt to test the resilience of images, objects and bodies in today’s world.

Her works are in the collections of Art Gallery of Ontario (Ontario); Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts named after P.S.Gamzatova (Makhachkala); Centre Pompidou (Paris); GfZK Museum of Contemporary Art (Leipzig); Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, San Francisco); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles); Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow); MuHKA (Antwerp);[1] National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow); Pushkin Museum (Moscow); Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah); Tate Modern (London);[2] Uppsala Konstmuseum (Uppsala); Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven); Vehbi Koç Foundation (Istanbul); Videoinsight Foundation (Turin); Yarat Foundation (Baku) as well as in many private collections in Russia and abroad.

In 2018, was named Cosmoscow Artist of the Year[3] and shortlisted for Future Generation Art Prize[4] (Pinchuk Art Foundation, Kyiv). Awarded by 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Foundation Prize (Moscow, 2015), “Future of Europe” Prize, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2014) and the “New Generation – Innovation” State Prize (2012).

Represented by narrative projects gallery, London.[5]

Solo exhibitions[edit]


Storeroom, curated by Christiane Berndes, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven [6]

BaidÀ, narrative projects, London[7]


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, Istanbul

A Walk, A Dance, A Ritual, curated by Ilina Koralova, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig


What? Whose? Why? curated by Daria Kirsanova, Raf Projects, Tehran

Story Demands to be Continued, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Republic of Dagestan Union of Artists, Makhachkala, Russia

On historical ideals of labour in the country that conquered space, The Mews Project, London

The Process or Instance of Breaking Open, curated by Emmeli Person, Maria Kotlyachkova, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden


Let Me Be Part of A Narrative, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Paperworks Gallery, Winzavod, Moscow

Topography of Masculinity, curated by Irina Stark, Kelly Klifa, LJMU Copperas Hill Building, 7th Liverpool Biennial


Affirmative Action (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, Dagestan

Group exhibitions[edit]


Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev

The Keeper; To have and to hold, The Model, Sligo, Ireland


Punk Orientalism, curated by Sara Raza, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina Saskatchewan

Rituals of Signs and Metamorphosis, curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing

Supernature in Two Parts, curated by Haroon Mirza and Daria Khan (Mimosa House), Lisson Gallery, London

One Place After Another, curated by Viktor Misiano, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow

The Planetary Garden, curated by Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, 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, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool

Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, curated by Katerina Gregos, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga


New Literacy, curated by Joao Ribas, 4 Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg

Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

Space Force Construction, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice

How To Live Together, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, 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 Center in a City in the Heart of the island of Eurasia, curated by Bart De Baere, Defne Ayas and Nicolaus Schafhausen, 6 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, Arte Fiera, Bologna


Russian Performance: a Cartography of its History, curated by Yulia Aksenova and Sasha Obukhova, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Untitled... (Native Foreigners), curated by Andrey Misiano, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Parajanov. An Exhibition in the Colour of Pomegranate, Solyanka Gallery, Moscow

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, curated by Kate Bush, Calvert 22, London

Marker 2014, Art Dubai

An Opera of Labour and Revolution, curated by Lanfranco Aceti and Susanne Jaschko, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai

Spaces of Exception, curated by Elena Sorokina and Jelle Bouwhuis, 5 th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, special project, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow


Nostalgia Nervosa, curated by Iliana Fokianaki, State of Concept, Athens

Love me, Love me not, curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, 55th Venice Biennial, Venice

Sensible Action, curated by Beral Madra, Alanika 2013, National Museum of Republic Northern Ossetia-Alania, Vladikavkaz

No Water Tomorrow, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Enchanted Wanderer, curated by Andrey Misiano, Chukotka's Heritage Museum Center, Anadyr, Russia

Re: emerge-Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

Looks Like Torture, curated by Nicholas Cohn and Amy Kisch, HERE Art Center, New York

Take a Look at Yourself, Who Do You Think You Are?, curated by Andrey Parshikov, Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia


I am who I am, curated by Olga Sviblova, Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf, Germany

Animal Style, curated by Ilya Shipilovskikh, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Quarantania, curated by David Thorp, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

Joyful Archipelago, curated by Olga Grotova, Guest Projects, London

Happiness is a Warm Gun, Curated by Ekaterina Shadkovska, Rizzordi Art Foundation, Lof Raf, Saint Petersburg

Migrasophia, curated by Sara Raza, Maraya Contemporary Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Now&Then, Viktoria Gallery, Samara

Génération P, town hall at Le Kremlin-Bicêtre (near Paris)


Rewriting Worlds, curated by Peter Weibel, 4 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, main project, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow

Expanded Cinema, Curated by Olga Shishko, XII Media Forum of 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

Get Up and Run Away With It – About Love and the Impossible, curated by Nadine Wietlisbach, Palais Bleu Le-Lie, Trogen, Switzerland

Greater Caucasus, curated by Irina Yashkova, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia


Intimate Capital, curated by Andrey Parshikov, II Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Qui Vive? Proekt Fabrika, Moscow, Russia

History of Russian Video Art, Volume 3, Curated by Antonio Geusa, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia


Let me think!, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, Parallel Program, 3 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Red October Factory, Moscow, Russia

Aluminium, curated by Leyla Akhundzadeh, IV International Baku Biennale of Contemporary Art

Topography of Happiness: Russian Wedding from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, Curated by Olga Sosnina, Tsaritsino State Museum, Moscow, Russia

We will take the lead from now on, curated by Arseniy Zhilyaev and Maria Chekhonadskih , Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art, Voronezh, Russia


Me, nature, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Qui Vive?, Foundation Contemporary City, Moscow, Russia

Migration, curated by Daria Kamyshnikova, I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Qui Vive?, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Russia

Documenting Possibilities, curated by Stanislav Shuripa, Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden


Caucasica, curated by Giancarlo Vianello, Scuola Grande di S.Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Italy

XII INTERBIFER International Biennale of Portrait, Drawings and Graphics 06, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Academic career[edit]

From 2011 to 2014 Taus Makhacheva gave lectures in Pervaya Gallery (Makhachkala—Kaspiysk), at the art department of Dagestan State Pedagogic University (Makhachkala), in M.A. Dzhemal Dagestan Art School (Makhachkala), and ran workshops in South London Art Gallery.

In 2010, she taught the special course History of Performance at the art history department of Moscow State University.


  • Amirsadeghi, Hossein; Vickery, Joanna ed. Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Thames and Hudson, 2011
  • Makhacheva, Taus; Maslyaev, Alexey ed. Story Demands to be Continued. Self-published, 2013
  • Makhacheva, Taus. Types du Caucase. Onestar Press, 2014[8]
  • Makhacheva, Taus. Tightrope, V-A-C Press, Mousse Publishing, 2017[9]
  • Kholeif, Omar. The Artists Who Will Change the World, Thames and Hudson, 2018[10]


  • Gamzatova, Patimat. Karakul by Taus Makhacheva. ANTENNAE No.4, 2007
  • Chekhonadskikh, Maria. Shots into the Sand by Taus Makhacheva. Moscow Art Magazine No.81, 2010
  • Scotini, Marco. Strategies of Camouflage. Taus Makhacheva’s actions. ArteCritica No.67, 2011
  • Avdeev, Maxim. One day with Taus Makhacheva, Art Chronika No.4, 2012
  • Tolstova, Anna. Continuation of heart and hand. Taus Makhacheva in Makhachkala. Kommersant No.187(5218), 2013[11]
  • Laia, Joao. Taus Makhacheva. Frieze magazine No.160, 2014[12]
  • Bailey, Stephanie. Her Dagestan. ArtAsiaPacific No.87, 2014[13]
  • Pertenava, Lali. Taus Makhacheva. ArtForum, February 2014[14]
  • Ahmady, Leeza. From Central Asia to the Caucasus. In conversation with Taus Makhacheva. Ibraaz, March 2015[15]
  • Sutton, Kate. Taus Makhacheva. Openings. ArtForum, February 2016[16]
  • Jeffreys, Tom. In Search of the Ridiculous: Taus Makhacheva’s Performative Follies. Frieze, 7 October 2018[17]
  • Verhagen, Marcus. Taus Makhacheva. BaidÀ. narrative projects. Art Monthly, November 2018[18]
  • Serafinowicz, Sylwia. Taus Makhacheva. narrative projects. ArtForum, December 2018[19]



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  16. ^ "OPENINGS: TAUS MAKHACHEVA". www.artforum.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "In Search of the Ridiculous: Taus Makhacheva's Performative Follies". frieze.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
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