Russian-Mexican artist, Polina Porras Sivolobova's artwork spans into multiple disciplines – from drawing to artist books, video to photography, and performance to puppets – while she has been exploring her Mexican roots through the use of autobiography, myth, and storytelling.
In 2010, Polina directed and produced her first video-documentary 'Mi Abuela, ÐœÐ¾Ñ Ð‘Ð°Ð±ÑƒÑˆÐºÐ°' (My Grandmother, My Grandmother) relating to her bicultural background through her grandmothers: one a Russian and the other a Mexican.
In 2009, she received a grant to produce an original puppet-play titled ' Los Alebrijes en Busca del Sol'; a playful story based on the pre-Hispanic myth of the fifth sun and its sudden disappearance from the sky.
Polina's deep interest in education and relational aesthetics has taken her to explore public interventions and participatory experiences such as her most recent work – 'A Mad-Proper Tea Party' in England – inspired by 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland' and a nonsensical experience about social norms around the table. Other similar projects include '¿Dónde están Piecitos Azul?' and 'Queens of Love' – both, interactions pointing to the vulnerability of communities at risk, such as children-street-vendors in Chiapas, Mexico and the women immigrant community in Jackson Heights, New York.
Her artwork has been shown at The Queens International 2004, The Smithsonian Institute in New York City, The Hemisphere Institute of Performance and Politics in Sao Paolo, Brazil, The Contemporary Art Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico and Art Jericho in Oxford, UK.
Polina has received major commissions by El Museo del Barrio, a leading institution in Latin American art in the US; she has received grants by the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City. She has a twelve-year career as an educator – teaching in schools, libraries and museums, as well as in the immigrant communities in the city of New York. Polina received a Master in Fine Arts, and Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She, currently lives in New York City.