Leni Smoragdova

Leni Smoragdova is a Jewish multidisciplinary artist, graduated from Smolensk State University and University of the Art in London. Her art projects hit very important themes of  death, transformation, modern society and individuals. Throughout installations, digital art, photography and actionnisme she expose flaws of modern life as she sees it.

Here is her artist statement:

Art projects are interconnected, and make up the general outline of the TransactionArt world: One project flows into another. It all started with the slogan: “We are children of war, the war is money, money has no face, it is as simple as Transaction, we are children of the Transaction, we are children with hidden faces” – {$ M}. Transaction art originated in London, when I was already consciously covering my people. So the heroes appeared with hidden faces – “hidden faces”. During this period appeared: “Collection of figures.”

Officially, Transaction Art was presented in Amsterdam as part of a performance. Then on the floor of the church, where I was allocated a “plot”, I saw a plate with the inscription {$ M}. $ M – on this stove means that the stove belonged to some European eminent family. You can find this church in Amsterdam and see for yourself if this plate is unlikely to have been removed. $ M is SM + L = {$ M}. But this signature was created before my arrival in Amsterdam. I took it as a sign from above. https://youtu.be/Ai8DKitwBk4

Short films followed: “Stories of the insides in a brief retelling” https://youtu.be/qMZCiectaH4 and video art: https://youtu.be/JwsH6E7Bdpw. The main theme of all these works is hidden faces. In fact, these are stories about the dead, and their restless souls. Gehenny remember? – That’s about the same thing.

Once I saw a video on the Internet: In the city of Yekaterinburg, a girl lost consciousness from the cold, waiting for public transport. Urine hit me in the head, and I decided to save Russia through art and develop the theory of hidden faces. So the project was created: “Inglourious Basterds: #heat stops.” For two years no one knew who the author of this project was. And I confirmed my theory of TransactionArt and hidden faces. “Inglourious Basterds: # warm stops – actionism with a length of 6 years. You know this story well, or you can easily find information about it.

#Labyrinths of Transaction. I was on a small scale, and I introduced fashion to art. #TransactionInFashion. This project flowed into the “History of Special Beauty”.

“The dismembered body finds unity in the image of another: let’s play Gd.” In the meantime, TransactionArt beasts were born.

Performances / installations: • “TransactionArt Eggs” – installations. On the one hand, these are the heads of my people: hidden faces, on the other – the eggs from which the animals appeared. • “Error” – this is our already become relative, for which the collection of money continues.

#TransactionInSelfie – in 2020 the whole world became the heroes of the TransactionArt world. The project was created in 2016 in Italy and moved very slowly until 2020. The project turned out to be prophetic. Masks are needed in order to become someone else and show individuality – {$ M} https://instagram.com/transaction_



The Smolensk State University, Russia
The University of the Art in London, UK

2020, March – “100 Voices 100 Artists”, London

2019, Dec – 2020, Jan – “Micro biennial”, the installation “My big house: the history of the interior. Welcome to my home” Moscow
2019, Dec – 2020, Jan, – “Assemblage point”,
“Labyrinth’s of the Transaction”, Moscow
2019, Dec – 2020, Feb – “UtopioArt”, installation “Transaction Eggs”, Moscow
2019, Nov – Women in Photo
2019, 3-6 Oct – The Other Art Fair, London

2014 – 2017 – “Inglourious Basterds: the warm bus-stops”, Yekaterinburg, Russia
2017, June – August – The candidate for the governor of Sverdlovsk region, Russia
2017 – HUMAN RIGHTS? #H2O, Italy
2017 – Art-exhibition, Trinitapoli, Italy
2017 – Museums at Night, Yekaterinburg gallery of modern art, Russia
2017 – Fashion week, Russia

2016- Women in Photo, London
2016 – art-exhibition, Oblaka, Ufa, Moscow, Russia
2016 – Performance, NCCA, Russia
2016, July – Museo Degli Ipogei, Trinitapoli, Italy
2016, May – Museums at Night, Russia
2016, Feb – Fashion week

2015 – HUMAN RIGHTS?, Italy
2015, Sep – Biennale, NCCA Russia
2015, July 15-25 – Venice Experimental Cinema and Performance Art Festival / Venice, Italy /
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi,

2014 – The Armory Show, NY
2013 – On-line Top 30 Saatchi’s Artists, London
2012 – GAA, Amsterdam
2010-2012 – Worked with Madonna as an artist for her show.