Julia Uzryutova – artist, illustrator, culturologist, photographer, journalist, creator and teacher of the sketching workshops. Interested in art and multidisciplinary projects that focus on the interaction of the art, city landscape, literature, and tell about everyday life, architecture, nature and ecology.
The School of New Art, November 2020 to present time. The topic of the course is “Art in an Urban Environment”. The program is organized by the Museum of Nonconformist Art in partnership with the Paideia: School of Contemporary Art Interpretation for the Artist and the Viewer.
Ulyanovsk State University, Faculty of Culture and Art (2006).
- Editor of the historical online project «Years and People»
Regional journalists’ award (Ulyanovsk, 2018);
The Winner of the open competition of media products «Positive News Agency» in the «Professional Journalist» nomination (2018);
Regional journalists’ award (Ulyanovsk, 2016);
The short-list of the International Voloshinsky Literary Competition in the «Journalism» nomination (2014)
Personal watercolor exhibition of one street Moskovskaya-Lenina (Ulyanovsk, Exhibition hall of The Lenin’s House, 2021).
Personal watercolor exhibition The stories of the old city (Ulyanovsk, The City Library, 2021).
Personal exhibition watercolor project My Italy (Ulyanovsk, State Plastov’s Gallery, 2018).
Personal exhibition «73» (Ulyanovsk, State Museum of the Merchantry, 2017).
Russian-Germany photo exhibition «Focus on East/Focus on West» by KulturAktiv, 2016;
Exhibition-presentation of the UNESCO literary cities in Reykjavík (Iceland), 2016;
The exhibition in The Exhibition Hall on Pokrovskaya in Ulyanovsk, 2016;
About Ulyanovsk, the Main City Library of Ulyanovsk, 2018.
The International comics Post-pandemic City exhibition (during The Angoulême International Comics Festival , France. January, 2022).
Projects in progress
The project “The Last Dinosaurs of the Epoch” is a collaboration project of the artist, culturologist Julia Uzryutova, and the writer, poet, playwright Gala Uzryutova. The project is aimed at opening and virtual archiving of alternative history and landscape of one of the districts of Ulyanovsk, which is called the New City. It is intended to rethink the area, its changes, to collect personal narratives of locals, embodying them through current artistic practices.
New City – is one of the last large-scale housing projects in the Soviet era, was founded in 1976.
The project will help to rethink the recent history of the New City in a different way, draw attention to the unaccounted memories of the residents and present it in the format of new digital practices that take into account landscape changes that are not reflected in official observations.
Another goal of the project is to virtually restore the New City, preserved in the personal narratives of the residents, with the help of artistic archival practices. It's especially important that the collection of memories of the New City does not end, it will be carried out constantly through a special online form, with the help of which locals will be able to independently add memories of the area in text, audio, and photo formats.
The authors reconstruct the memory of the locals, creating watercolor "photos" based on archival photographs and newspaper materials, and the locals leaving their memories about it. Residential buildings and social facilities of that period underwent many changes in the New City in the following years. The artist depicts buildings without signage, air conditioning, cladding, and alterations, as the architects intended.
This social-cultural project poses the following questions: What is the historical appearance in the context of the New City? How did the New City of Ulyanovsk look like before? How did the architects conceive it? What is hidden behind the cladding, numerous outbuildings, and advertisements? What memories are associated with places that have already changed their interior and appearance? How the city was preserved in the memory of the locals?
The New City is a miniature of the post-Soviet space. Many people recognize their cities here, which are experiencing the same changes or freeze in their era, reminding us of childhood, youth, and just about the past, which everyone has their own and at the same time in common. The artist “tears down” the signs and announcements of the 1990s and 2000s, leaving the facades in their original appearance. Signboards are combined in a separate work.
The project has exhibition and digital formats (they are in progress now). The digital version of the project involves drawing objects on the map in their original (indigo watercolor “photos” by Julia Uzryutova) and modern form, as well as the locals' memories of these places (collecting personal narratives and writing essays by Gala Uzryutova). The map will become a gathering point for the local community around architecture and its perception by locals.
More than 30 watercolor sketches of the artist Julia Uzryutova with views of Simbirsk-Ulyanovsk are placed on the digital city map. You can walk along the suggested route, recognizing familiar buildings in the sketches and examining the details of the facades. In the first stage, there are 33 works of the artist, the excursion takes place along the streets of September 12, Lenin, Goncharov, Federation, Radishchev. In the future, the excursion will be supplemented, including works related to the left part of Ulyanovsk. Sound stories will also appear. View here.
The project is dedicated to the wooden and stone architecture of Simbirsk (Ulyanovsk), which loses more and more tangibly every year. Unfortunately, some of the houses were demolished during the project, the more important it becomes to draw attention to the outgoing architectural beauty. View here.
8 000 above the water (since 2017)
Series about my native city Ulyanovsk and the bridge, crossing the Volga River, that divides the city into two parts.
The People in museums (since 2015)
Sketch-project. A series of quick sketches of museum visitors, made in the different museums of the world.
Art-director of the project «Theater of the one Ulgrad» (a socio-political satirical project for news agency Ulyanovsk - news town), 2014-2018. This is a multidisciplinary project including the mix of the theater, drama, photography, and mass media.
The project «Snow minimalism», photo and literature project that was shown in the exhibition-presentation of the UNESCO literary cities in Reykjavík (Iceland), 2016.
The project «Ulyanovsk in details», local history photo project for news agency Ulyanovsk - news town, its purpose – to focus the attention of the inhabitants on the details of the urban space, 2013-2015. Goncharova Street in detail. Part 1, Venets in detail. Part 2, The studio of F.O. Livchak has been restored and is being prepared for opening. A masterpiece of Art Nouveau in detail. Part 3, Lenin House Museum in detail: originals and old photos. Part 4, Ulyanovsk in detail: part 5. From the family mansion to the city executive committee and the registry office,Ulyanovsk in detail: what and about whom the signs speak. Part 6.
The project «Cover Time», visual stories about life in Ulyanovsk in the second half of the XX century focusing casual people’s life and typically features of the different periods of that time, since 2013.
Interactive exhibition social project «I/We», the multidisciplinary project (photo, psychology, exhibition) is dedicated to the civil formation of the person, implies an interactive traveling exhibition, 2007-2008.
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