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Ilya Orlov is a Helsinki-based artist and researcher. His works have been shown as part of Manifesta 10 (2014), commissioned by the international biennial. In 2018, Orlov was shortlisted for the Finnish Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with Joanna Warsza, Minna Henriksson, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Ahmed Al-Nawas, Gianni Talamini). Orlov is the founder and co-editor of the independent international anti-war art journal Shy Plumber published in Finland (ISSN 2736-8203). Currently, Orlov is working on his doctoral thesis at Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki.

Exhibitions (Selected)

Eight Thousand Layers of Moments. Gus Fisher gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 March – 11 May 2024.
Claws and Connections – All the World’s Senses - KuvA doctoral researchers' group show. Kuva/Tila. Helsinki, Finland. Jan-Feb 2024.

God out of a Washing Machine / Jumala pesukoneesta. Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland. 2023.
Quantum Critic 2021. Myymälä2 pop up gallery, Helsinki, Finland. 2021.
Functional Art. HIAP Open Studios Week, Helsinki, Finland. 2020. 
Shy Plumber Journal Exhibition # 1. Alkovi gallery, Helsinki, Finland. 2020.
Conflict of the Faculties. Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland. 2019. 
A Piece of Art. Love&Money Gallery, Helsinki, Finland. 2019
Monument to a Scientific Error. Kallio Library. Helsinki, Finland. 2018.
The Very Last Futurist Exhibition. Merz Sammonkatu. Tampere, Finland. 2018. 
The Story of How Nicholas II and Magician Papus Secretly Conducted a Spiritist Seance Aimed to Prevent the Revolution, and Failed. Hiekan Taidemuseo. Tampere, Finland. 2017. (curated by Ilya Orlov)
Rab-Rab Journal Committee show at Tüyap Ütopya. Istanbul, Turkey. 2017.
Museum of the Museum. CheckPoint Helsinki. Helsinki, Finland. 2017.
Red Rijeka Assembly. SIZ Gallery in Kortil Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia. 2017.
1917: Weighed, Up-Measured, Divided. Alkovi gallery, Helsinki, Finland. 2017.
Finnish Landscape. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. Helsinki, Finland. 2016
A Revolutionary Museum After Ideology. MANIFESTA 10. 2014.


- The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki. Doctoral researcher. 2015 – present.

- St. Petersburg State University, The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Bard College, New York. Master of Arts and Humanities. 2013.
- St. Petersburg State University, The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Bard College, New York. Bachelor of Arts and Humanities. 2007.

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