Yelena Popova (born in USSR) lives and works in Nottingham, where she has a studio at Primary. She studied at Moscow Art Theatre School (MHAT) before graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include This Certifies That, Philipp von Rosen, Cologne (2017), Elements, Girton College, University of Cambridge (2017), After Image, Nottingham Contemporary (2016) and Unsensed, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2015). Her work has been acquired into the Arts Council Collection, RCA Collection, Saatchi Collection, Zabludowicz Collection and LWL Museum, Münster.
Popova works with a broad variety of medium, which includes painting, video and installation. Her work often reflects her upbringing in the Urals, and is also influenced by Russian Constructivism, trying to capture the continuous industrial development and the landscape of contemporary capitalism. Her work initiates discussions and engagement with the audience regarding the systematic relationship between objects found in cultures of industrialism and capitalism, which simultaneously produces a powerful contrast and a sense of equilibrium.