Yelena Vorobyeva (Turkmenistan) was born in 1959 in Nebit-Dag, Turkmenistan, and Victor Vorobyev (Kazakhstan) was born in 1959 in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. They live and work in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as artists, writers, and curators. As a married couple, the Vorobyevs began working together on conceptual art projects in the early 1990s. They earnestly play with the world using painting, photography, humor, stone, video, vegetables from their garden, people's reactions, and more. The results are multilayered works that comment either on the simplicity or complexity of life in Central Asia. They have exhibited widely in Central Asia, Russia, and Eastern Europe. Their photo project The Blue Period was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and their latest work was shown at the 2006 Sydney Biennale.
Prominent recent exhibitions include:
Kazakhstan. Blue Period, Impronte Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy
Tarjama/Translation, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Queens Museum of Art, New York
Making Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art From Central Asia, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Bose Pacia, New York
Time of the Storytellers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
The Blue Period, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy