Yelena Popova in conversation with Ellen Mara De Wachter, 16 October at 7pm.

L’étrangère is pleased to present Her name is Prometheus, a solo exhibition of Yelena Popova’s latest work, developed during her residency at Art House in Wakefield earlier this year. Popova was moved by the declining presence of sporting goods manufacture in the region and the story of Klaus Fuchs, a theoretical physicist (atomic spy) incarcerated in HMP Wakefield during the 1950’s. Following her continuous interest in nuclear history and materiality Popova invents a participatory game of balance and power based on the molecular structure of Plutonium and presents a tribute to an outstanding woman physicist who first split the atom.

Yelena Popova will be in conversation with Ellen Mara De Wachter on Tuesday, 16 October at 7pm.


Ellen Mara De Wachter is a writer and curator based in London. She is a frequent contributor to Frieze magazine, and her writing has featured in exhibition catalogues and publications such as The White Review, Art Monthly, Art Quarterly, Mousse, Garage, Elephant, The Quietus, Art Review, Flash Art International and on BBC Radio 4.

Her book ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’, published by Phaidon, explores the phenomenon of collaboration in the visual arts and its potential in society at large.

De Wachter is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Photography at London College of Communication and a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and has taught at the Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University, Newcastle University among other places.