Daria Pugachova

Daria Pugachova (b. 1990, Rivne) is a Ukrainian artist, performer and art activist born in Rivne, Ukraine. She studied architecture at Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. From 2013 to 2019 she played drums in a female pop trio Panivalkova. In her projects, Daria uses participatory practices to unite a community and integrate art into daily life. She works with performance, video and socially engaged arts. Her artistic approach lies in the presence of the artist and direct interaction with the audience in a public space. Daria took part in exhibitions in Ukraine, Europe (Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Poland) and the USA. In 2022, she won the Golden Aesop Grand Prix at the 25th Gabrovo Biennial in Bulgaria. She is a finalist of Circa x Dazed Class of 2022 and a winner of the Piccadilly Lights Prize; her video Microcosmos was shown on Piccadilly Lights in London. In 2021-2022 she participated in residencies in Ukraine (Contemporary Art Rivne), Bulgaria (Radar Sofia, ContextAiR), and Norway (PRAKSIS). Daria’s latest projects are based on her experience of war. She explores the topic of freedom and limitation and tries to push people to their emotional limits to heal.