While at BAR, Elena developed a series called ‘Archeology of a moment’. The works she presents symbolizes the ‘Remains of a subjective perception - Ruins of present labour’. Her work table is laid out with shards of the making, remains of the process that create the landscape of a personal museum. “I work through the references of the far and recent past, piled as layers of archeological strata scattered around contemporary landscape of identities and cultures. Drawing on the multiplicity of the references I intertwine them like coils of clay and create an impostor archeology of my own.”

Elena Gileva’s (b. 1992 in Russia – lives and works in London, UK) work explores the decorative, historical, and ornamental through the medium of ceramics and sculpture. Gileva is trained in both ceramics and fine arts, with a MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art and BFA from the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design. She combines various references and processes, with hand-built ceramic objects taking center stage in her practice.


Elena Gileva
Dates of residency: January - February 2018
Born: 1992
Hometown: St Petersburg
Lives and works: London
URL: http://elena-gileva.com
Education: MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London
BFA, Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, Paris
Selected shows:
2017 Cultural Landscape, Part 2, Gallery de l'ancienne poste, Toucy
2017 GYEONGGI International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon
2017 TRANS / ITIONS. ArtisTank launch exhibition,The Crypt Gallery, London
2016 The Established and The Emerging, Christie’s South Kensington, London