Olga Grotova at KADIST, France

Olga Grotova is an artist and poet whose practice involves collecting and mapping stories of Soviet and Eastern-European women that have been erased from established historical narratives. Grotova undertakes research journeys to discover the lost histories of communities and families from former Soviet states in order to dispel male-dominated and power-centric ‘official’ narratives. Her practice is a feminist interruption of the Russian political narrative plagued by extraction, patriarchy, and imperialism. Centering erased narratives about women undermines political regimes built on terror, misogyny, and militarization. By uncovering women’s histories and questioning the homogenized state-backed narrative, Grotova’s work creates potential for larger explorations of resistance to global ecological catastrophe, colonization, and totalitarianism.