IRINA STARKOVA (b.1987, Russia)

Irina’s practice includes performance, video, sculpture and VR exploring physical disenfranchisement to generate disruptive ideas of personhood and body within a post-internet narrative.

Parodying popular culture and gaming, her animations are a CGI sandwich of re-choreographed liminal characters on the edge of classification within pixilated cyber playgrounds. Within this virtual context, the subjects speak of emotional or physical phenomena from the position of rhizomatic  fluidity to question creativity and freedom of expression.

Irina is a member of the Digital Maker Collective, a group of artists, designers and developers exploring the impact of living among technical objects through socially engaged work and immersive technology.

Born in Moscow in 1987, Irina has worked in London, Moscow and France.  She is currently studying for a Masters in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.

Solo Exhibitions

2017                 Fragments, The Garage, London

2016                 Still Lives, Erarta Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2020                 Flesh, Old Operating Theatre, London

2020                 Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London

2019                 Movement, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London

2018                 Unfinished, Peckham Levels, London

2018                 Light Ignites our Inspiration, Asylum, London

2018                 Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2018                 Production, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London

2018                 Digital Immersion, Late at the Tate, Tate Modern, London

2018                 Snorkel, Cookhouse Gallery Chelsea, London

2016                 IN:SIGHT, Washington Green & Castle Gallery, Birmingham

2016                 Queen Themed, The Tabernacle, London

2015                 Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London

2015                 Places & Faces, Rossotrudnichestvo, London

2014                 Nessuno Escluso, Christie’s, Monaco

2013                 Private View, Beausoleil, France

2012                 Group Show, The Tap Gallery Sydney

2005                 Group Show at The Commonwealth Gallery, London


2019 – to date     MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London

2017-2018           PG Fine Art, Chelsea School of Arts, London

2005-2008           BA Philosophy, University College London

2001-2006           Exchange Student, Andriyaka Art School, Moscow


2019                 Tate Exchange Residency, Tate Modern, London

2018                 Tate Exchange Residency, Tate Modern, London

Workshops and Teaching

2020                 Farnham College of Art, Visiting Tutor

2019                 Westminster University, Visiting Tutor

2018                 Virtually Summer, British Film Institute, London

2018                 Modual: Immersive Workshop, Somerset House, London

2018 to date     Digital Teaching Staff Member, University of the Arts London

2017                 Artist in Residence and Art Technician, The Harrodian School

Grants and Awards

2015                 Griffin Gallery London, selected for Winsor & Newton Painting Prize

Conferences and Presentations

2019                 “Immersive Technology and Digital Crisis,” Hobs Studio, Here East, London  

2018                 “Creative Hacking,” Digital Catapult event, London

2018                 “Collaborative Practice and Tech Intervention,” Modual: Immersive,               Somerset House

2018                 “Audience and Experiment,” Tate Modern, London

2018                 “Artist Talk: Creativity and Immersive Technology,” British Film Institute, London

2018                 “Collaborative practices,” Chelsea College of Arts, London