Natalia Stepanova (aka Smikai) is a multimedia artist born in Moscow in 1985, living and working in Geneva, at the Gallery and Edu-creative space Palenque. Natalia has established a constant dialogue between her artistic work and her work as data designer and digital communication consultant at United Nations (UNCTAD).
Originally attracted to drawing, Natalia quickly gravitated towards other media including comics, photography, video and performance.
The starting point for her collective project, Mund (2011), is the human body. The body is captured in action or displayed in its most absurd, poetic and fantasmagoric intimacy, beyond conventions and established codes. Natalia is particularly interested in archetypal figures from Geneva life such as the international officer, the banker, the prostitute, miss bio.
Her questioning on the body continues through the figure of the “augmented human” in a context of hyper-performance, constant self-evaluation and personal data processing systems. Yet, behind the ideal of the “augmented human”, what remains of our humanity?
For the artist, the answer seems to lie in contemporary rituals, the theme at the heart of projects like Trances (2013) and Energeia (2014). More recently, in Symbo-gestes (2016) her own body and the objective data it generates every day are the source of creative experimentation.
Co-founding and Launch of an Edu-creative space - Gallery - Art workspace Palenque at the heart of Geneva (Concorde)
Thematic workshops and animations for kids and adults - Debate-Conference on the Human Enhancement and Artificial Intelligence for Fête de la Science.
Collective performance "Enveloppements" with the group R2CE (Ressenti Corporel Couture Expérimentale) at the Festival Alternatiba, Geneva and presentation of the art-work "Union"
Carry out research for the "Symbo-gestes"
Manage artistic direction, illustrate and co-edit e-book Future-Human.life
Participate in experimental "Ressenti corporel et le tissu" group, led by artist Marie-Claire Bevar
Take part in artistic residency at Théatre de la Comédie, Ferney - Voltaire
Create Arts-Form association to promote inter-disciplinary artistic projects
"Trances" - collective exhibition in Ressort, Berlin
"Lighthaus" Collective exhibition at Funkhaus, Berlin
Collective exhibit "Münd", Centre de photographie, Genève
Study at HEAD (Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design), Geneva
Solo exhibition "Entre deux temps", Centre de l'Espérance, Geneva
Master’s degree in political philosophy, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris
Art courses at art-studio "Racines" by the french painter Alain Gegout.