Ksusha Lastochka was born in 1991 in St. Petersburg and Maxim Trulov was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod. Prior their collaboration, Ksusha studied animation in St. Petersburg, while Maxim was busy with public art on the streets of Nizhny Novgorod.
Artists currently live and work in Nizhny Novgorod.
Besides their separate careers, Ksusha and Maxim are also known as authors of the "Your Mum's Knight" art collective. They have exhibited extensively at festivals and exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
Ksusha and Maxim's style bases on two principles a black-and-white color scheme and detailed graphics. The combination of Ksusha's background in animation and Maxim's large-scale vision they created their own universe. The universe features over 50 characters that are a part of different narratives. From the first look their style may seem playful but once the story unveils the deeper issues about mental health and traumatic experiences.
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selected solo exhibitions
REMEMBER, Lazy Mike stand x YMK COSMOSCOW, Moscow, Russia.
Hate/otherside, Lazy Mike Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Solo project inspired by works of nominees for Innovation 2019 prize, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Project for permanent collection, Helsinki Urban Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland.
Selected group exhibitions
PLAYMMOMA 2.0, ММОМА Educational Centre, Moscow, Russia.
Unnamed: selected works from collection of MMOMA, Arsenal Museum, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Ay Exhibition, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Assuming Distance: speculations, fakes and predictions in the age of Coronascene, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Own story, Typography, Krasnodar, Russia.
Paper stories, NCCA Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.