Alina Kopytsa

b 1983 Poliske, Ukraine. Lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.


For almost ten years I get regularly the question „Why did you choose sexuality as the main topic of your creativity? Do you want to provoke?“ I don’t have a proper answer. But definitely, I see a deep connection between sexuality and individual freedom, which is extremely important for me. In my work I focus on male and female roles in society, about existing stereotypes and changing those roles. Quite often I am referring to fetishism as an endless field of creativity where social hierarchy and subordination roles could be played in another way. I try not to criticize, but in a playful and joyful way show an alternative sex-positive world where gender stereotypes don’t have value anymore, where sexuality lives free and colorful, where each sexual practice, which is based on safety and consent of all participants, isn’t seen like a perversion by society.

I am constantly making sketches and drawings with watercolor or ink, while my main medium is textile. From 2013 on, I have been interested in silicone as a material for sculptures, alternative sex-toys and paintings. From 2016 on I have been making queer videos with my partner Coco Schwarz.


  • 2000-2006 National Technical University Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", department of graphic arts 
from 2017 student at Zurich University of the Arts
  • 2017 currently studying “Kunst und Medien” at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Solo Exhibitions:
  • 2018
  • Something suggestive, In reality, Boston, USA
  • 2017
  • “Mein Gott”, Material, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2016
  • “Plug it”, Lokal int gallery, Biel, Switzerland
  • “Puppenhaus”, Sihlhhalle gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2010
  • “Childhood Re-Creation”, Raum Junge Kunst /Ratskeller Lichtenberg, Berlin
  • 2008
  • An action “Personal Space”, finalist of the grant program “Public Space 07-08” of EIDOS Arts Development Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine “Windows” within the program for young artists Center of Contemporary Art at NaUKMA and Swiss cultural program in Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Group Exhibitions:
  • 2018
  • “Body and Freedom Festival”, Zurich, Switzerland
  • “Own space”,  PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2017
  • Enter Art Foundation – 49 Contemporary Artists, Kantgaragen-Palast, Berlin, Germany
  • Die Grenze, an exhibition organized by Goethe-Institut Moscow
  • Textus, Visual Culture Research Center Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Artwork, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine and Dworcowa gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Bentega. Independent Kiev Scene, SALÒ, Paris, France
  • 2016
  • Performance “Alternative story”, Cabaret der Kunstler, Zunfthaus Voltaire, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015
  • “Zero without a stick”, Yermylovcenter gallery, Kharkov, Ukraine
  • “Body and Freedom Festival”, Biel, Switzerland
  • “What in Me Is Feminine?”, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • “Moved On!”, Shcherbenko Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2013
  • “SPACES: Architecture of Common” Kiev, Ukraine
  • Exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2012
  • “Gender in IZOLYATSIA”, Medpunkt, IZOLYATSIA – platform for cultural initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine
  • “MUHі 2012” nominees exhibition, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2011
  • Pre-auction exhibition “Simply. Art”, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • Artist Residencies
  • 2010 – residency in Kunst-Stoffe, Berlin, Germany

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