Born 1983 in Moscow (Russia),
lives and works in Moscow (Russia)
Through her works, Taus Makhacheva examines traditional forms of historiography, dominant cultural conventions, and gender issues. Raised in Moscow but of Dagestani heritage, she is interested in what happens when different cultures and customs meet and co-exist. For the Biennale, her point of departure was the story of the hot air balloon Le Flesselles, which flew above Lyon in 1784. With the students of Lycée la Martinière Diderot in Lyon, she has made a metaphorical replica of this balloon, combining dressmaking know-how, techniques and materials from different eras.