Julia Kissina, visual and performance artist and writer, was born in Kiev, Ukraine and studied dramatic writing at the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, VGIK. In 1996 JK graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
As a Professor of New Media and Art Photography, JK taught at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design in Germany as well as The Rodchenko Art School in Moscow.
In 2000 JK herded an actual flock of sheep into the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt as part of a performance. She also co-curated the Art & Crime Festival at the Hebbel Theater, Berlin, in 2003 and performed in a German prison. In 2006 JK created The Dead Artist’s Society, which held séances to conduct “Dialogues with Classic Artists” such as Duchamp and Malevich.
A member of the Moscow Conceptualist movement and Russian literary avant-garde (Samizdat), JK is also known as the author of several novels and story collections. Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin has recently published two of her novels and an anthology of the new Russian avant-garde prose which she edited.
JK lives in Berlin and New York City.