With a Copper Mask in One Hand and a Vase Full of Secrets in the Other, My Body will Rest in a Sarcophagus, Guarded by Twelve Specially Trained Monsters

Evgeny Antufiev

November 23 – December 21, 2017

Private View: Wednesday, 22 November, 6-9pm

Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6JU


Emalin is pleased to announce With a copper mask in one hand and a vase full of secrets in the other, my body will rest in a sarcophagus guarded by twelve specially trained monsters, a solo exhibition by the Russian artist Evgeny Antufiev, curated by Marina Dacci. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery, coinciding with the artist’s first institutional exhibition in the UK at MOSTYN Museum, Wales.


Evgeny Antufiev (b. 1986 in Kyzyl, Russia) lives and works in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow in 2009, winning the ‘Kandinsky Prize for the Young Artist: Project of the Year’ during his studies. Selected exhibitions include Organic resistance: body and knife – crossing the border, MOSTYN Museum (Llandudno, UK. November 2017); Immortality Forever, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium. 2017); Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage (Moscow, Russia. 2017); Cabaret Kultura, with V-A-C Live, performance at Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK. 2017); Eternal garden, Manifesta 11 (Zurich, Switzerland. 2016); Twelve, wood, dolphin, knife, bowl, mask, crystal, bones and marble – fusion. Exploring materials, Collezione Maramotti (Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2013); Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France. 2012); Ostalgia, New Museum (New York, USA. 2011).


Since 2006, Marina Dacci has been the Director of the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She also acts as the General Coordinator of the first edition of the annual European Week of Photography (Fotografia Europea). Prior to her position at Collezione Maramotti, she was the Head of Office at the public Culture City Office of Reggio Emilia. In 2013, she curated Evgeny Antufiev’s first institutional solo exhibtion in Europe, Twelve, wood, dolphin, knife, bowl, mask, crystal, bones and marble – fusion. Exploring materials at the Collezione Maramotti. Dacci graduated from the University of Parma with a degree in Literature, Art and Education.