works with various media such as sculpture, installation, intervention in public space and public art. Her artistic talent is localized in her ability to bring about a metaphorical transformation of various utilitarian materials – be it tile, cement, veneer panelling – into valuable objects, both literally and figuratively.
Diamonds – Kadyrova’s trademark project – consists of cement forms resembling the standard cuts of precious gems, faced with shiny, coloured ceramic tiles.
The exclusive, status-lending form of diamonds is manifested in one of the most commonplace materials.
Transforming tile from an everyday material into an artistic one, Kadyrova creates works, ambiguous in their duality, that question the hierarchy of values in contemporary society.
The series of works SHOTS represent ceramic tile plates shot from a smooth-bore gun. Bullets and hunting fraction pierce through surface, leaving a unique drawing of destruction.
Once seen as abstract compositions, these works became - in the context of chaos and war in which is now captured a part of Ukraine - a substantive comment on the destruction of buildings and infrastructures as the result of military operations.
was born in 1981 in Brovary, Ukraine.
She graduated from the Sculpture Department at the T. Shevchenko National Art High School in Kyiv, Ukraine.
She is the participant of 56th and 57th Venice Biennale (Ukrainian pavilion) and also
the prize-winner of numerous awards such as Future Generation Art Prize (2014), PinchukArtCentre Prize (2013),
Kazimir Malevich Artist Award (2012),Grand Prix – Kyiv Sculpture Project (2012) etc.
Zhanna lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.