Anna Scherbyna


Jean-Jacques-Rousseau fellowship

City, Country:

Kyiv, Ukraine




Mar 2022 - May 2022


Born in Zaporizhzhia/Ukraine in 1988.

Anna Scherbyna is an artist, illustrator and curator.

Her artistic practice examines the critical potential of a range of media, including installation and video, drawing and painting. Her works cover a wide range of topics, including natural landscapes and their political connotations, war, gender performativity and violence and the heritage of social realism. She also shows interest in and sensitivity to the distribution of power and knowledge, and uses her imagination to envision possible futures.

Scherbyna graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv/Ukraine (2009-2015), studied at the Course of Art in Kyiv (2014-2015) and attended the summer school of Chto delat? (What is to be done?) in Berlin/Germany. She is co-founder of and participant in the Concrete Dates Collective (2015–2017).

Scherbyna has participated in numerous exhibitions and film festivals such as Imagine Ukraine – Art as a Critical Attitude, MHKA, Antwerp/Belgium (2022); The Portal, VBKÖ, Vienna/Austria (2021); goEast, Germany (2021); Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Winterthur/Switzerland (2020); A Space of One’s Own, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv (2017); Edenia, the city of the future, Kharkiv/Ukraine (2017); Socialist Realism. Seeming to Be Another, Kyiv (2017) and TEXTUS. Embroidery, textile, feminism, Kyiv (2017).

She was nominated for the Pinchuk Art Prize in 2020.

As a member of different curatorial groups, Scherbyna has organized Chytanka, a reading club for artists and theoreticians since 2020, and the feminist international exhibitions The Cave of the Golden Rose, Kyiv (2019) and Sabber, Deer and Spinning Wheel, Stanica Luhanska/Ukraine (2018).