Coming from a background in art, linguistics and cultural studies, Yulia Kovanova undertook the Art, Space & Nature course between 2014 and 2016, where she graduated with a distinction. Here she shares her experiences of the course and what she has been up to since graduating.
Yulia’s interdisciplinary practice focuses on the investigation of movement, the ideas of borders and boundaries, as well as perception, and explores the crossovers between people, society, and the environment. She works across a range of media, from sculptural installations to experimental film and collaborative performances.
Following on from her graduation from ASN, Yulia spent a year as an Artist in Residence within the Edinburgh College of Art and directed a short experimental film, Plastic Man (2017), which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and was subsequently nominated for Best Short Film at the 2017 BAFTA Scotland and for 2018 UK Best Short Film at the Open City Documentary Festival. The film has been presented across a number of international film festivals including festivals in Germany, Iceland and Australia, as well as in art galleries, such as Fruitmarket Gallery and the City Art Centre in Scotland.
Her multimedia installations have been presented at international events such as Aichi Triennale in Japan, Edinburgh International Science Festival, and Highlight Arctic.
Yulia is currently undertaking further research via practice-based PhD, working with the Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Art.