Ilya Dolgov, artist

Ilya Dolgov. Artist, writer, plant grower, UI/UX designer. Born in 1984 in Voronezh, Russia. Left country after the Russian fullscale invasion of Ukraine in 02.2022. Currently resides wherever it's possible.

The life and professional interests of Ilya Dolgov lie in the liminal area between art, plant-growing, and natural philosophy. In his installations, writings, online projects, educational programs, and communicative situations, the artist seeks to initiate co-participation in the emergence of nature.


— 2010, Moscow institute of contemporary art (Russia), certificate.

— 2001-2006, Voronezh state university (Russia), undergraduate in Philosophy and Psychology


— 2016 Winner of the “Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow art prize for young artists 2016”

— 2013, 2015 Nominee of the “Kandinskiy Prize” for contemporary art

— 2013 Winner of the granting program of the “Garage” museum of contemporary art

— 2012 Winner of the “Innovation 2012” Russian state award in the sphere of contemporary art, “The best regional project” nomination.


— 2019 and ongoing; author, lecturer, mentor, “Sciaponics”, art&plant-growing framework

— 2013 and ongoing; founder, editor and author, “Forest Journal”, online platform,


— 2021/22 Author, lecturer, and mentor, “Sciaponic Club” initiative, Assembly Space, Saint Petersburg, Russia (together with Daria Boldyreva)

— 2021 Author and lecturer, “Plant growing and art: mutual corruption” educational course, Moscow Anthropology school at Moscow International University, Russia

— 2021 Guest Lecturer, “Non-Human Heterotopias” summer school, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

— 2015/21 Author of Moscow Art Journal, Garage Journal Russia, SYG.MA platform

— 2009/21 dozens of public talks on art, nature phylosophy

— 2009/14 Co-founder, curator, lecturer, Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art


— 2019 “Breathing”-4, Rosa House of Culture, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

— 2019 “Metabolic Design”, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— 2019 “Flaming Archipelago”, Vadim Sidur Museum, Moscow, Russia.

— 2018 “Drinking Set for Irises”, FFTN space, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

— 2018 “Reef-2”, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— 2017 “Reef”, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— 2016 “Herbarium”, Peresvetov pereulok gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— 2013—ongoing. “Forest Journal”, web-based research project,

— 2015 “Model of Nature, Goethe’s model”, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— 2014 “Azoikum”, Büro für kulturelle Übersetzungen, Leipzig, Germany.

— 2013 “Azoic”, Moscow zoological museum, supported by Gallery 21, Russia.

— 2012 “Herbarium”, H.L.A.M. gallery, Voronezh, Russia.

— 2010 “Simple Machines”, in collaboration with Polly, H.L.A.M. gallery, Voronezh, Russia.

— 2009 “Utopia is What You Need, But You is Not Utopia Has Need For”, Voronezh center for contemporary art, Voronezh, Russia.



— “Xists: A Metabolic Laboratory Inspired by Solomon Nikritin”, Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Germany.

— “Deep deep forest”, PixxelPoint festival, Slovenia


— “Botanical illustration”, Darwin Museum, Moscow, Russia.

— “The Most Northern Chinatown (Barents Spektakel 2019)”, Kirkenes, Norway.


— “Mir: the village and the world”, Main project of the XII Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Ploshchad Mira Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

— “So Close, So Far”, Taiga art space, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

— “Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!)”, Narrative Projects Gallery, London, UK.

— “Living Alive”, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

— “Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

— “Elegance”, Russiantearoom gallery and curating agency, Paris


— “Badlands”, Zarya center for contemporary art, Vladivostok, Russia.

— “Constructing the Future”, Russian national children library, Moscow, Russia.

— “Nature”, Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia.

— “Experiences of the Imaginary”, New Holland: Cultural Urbanisation project, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

— “Living Alive”, Arsenal center for contemporary art, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.


— “Observation of the open space”, Divnogorie national reserve and museum, Russia.

— “Phantom show”, city intervention, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


— “Not Museum”, Manifesta X parallel program, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

— “One Place Next to Another”, Winzavod center for contemporary art, Moscow, Russia.

— “Detective”, Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia.

— “To Catch a Tortoise”, Krasnodar institute of contemporary art, Krasnodar, Russia.


— “No Water Tomorrow”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia.

— “Space Lab”, Spinnerei, MITost fesival, Leipzig, Germany.


— “Awaiting Environment”, Gallery 21, Moscow, Russia.

— “Strategical project”, 3rd Moscow biennale of young art, Russia.

— “Seems Something is Missing Here”, Winzavod centre for contemporary art, Moscow, Russia.


— “Practical Knowledge”, GMG gallery, Moscow, Russia.

— “Phantom Monuments”, Garage museum of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia.

— “Forms of Rational”, H.L.A.M gallery, Voronezh, Russia.


— “Live Museum of Performance”, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia.

— “Taming Time”, Project Fabrika, Moscow, Russia.

— “Foundations”, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia.


— “The Next Step is Ours!”, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia.

— “Care” land-art festival, Divnogorie national park, Russia.

— “Can’t Take It Anymore”, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia.


— Member of art groups “Border Investigations” and “Popular Border Investigations”, Voronezh, Russia.


— 2022 [upcoming] Crespo Foundation at Glenkeen Garden, Ireland.

— 2022 TUO TUO Arts, Finland. Supported by Artists at Risk (AR).

— 2014 Büro für kulturelle Übersetzungen, Leipzig, Germany

— 2013 Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany.

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