Darya Trubarovа is a multimedia artist. In her work, she utilises a variety of tools and methods — neural networks, 3D modeling, augmented reality, and installation — to explore the relationship between humans and their environment, as well as issues of memory and identity in the modern information age. Her projects, such as her drop for TAEX, address problems of excessive consumption and ecological resource reproduction. Darya graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from Dubna International University in 2012, and in 2022 she completed the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia with a degree in Media Art. She participated in many group exhibitions, biennales, and art initiatives, including Vyksa AIR (Russia), Posthuman Studies Lab Summer School (Russia), Ars Electronica 2021(Austria). She took part in the II Moscow International Biennale for Young Art with a performance about the life of the homeless. Darya currently works and lives in Paris, France.
In her drop for TAEX, Darya Trubarova radically addresses food supply chains in contemporary economy, or, putting it simply, how meat gets on people's plates. Presented as a pastoral china set of 6 dinner plates, the digital objects are the result of a neural network’s search request, which the artist created to process several hundred images of chickens, cows, rabbits, and other animals. In Trubarova's meditative videos, cows and pigs slowly turn into pork and beef. In this metamorphosis, hybrids of two kinds appear: living beings are merged with food as a commodity form. The bizarre transformation that we observe in the videos reminds us of the fact that the inner side of the food industry is hidden from us as consumers. Watching the neatly cut fruits, vegetables, and meat products, wrapped in shiny plastic, we actually find ourselves in an idyllic world of ‘petit bourgeois’ china, which the artist draws so vividly and ironically.