Yelena Zhelezov


Aseries of participatory explorations of pedestrian Los Angeles, as walked by immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


Mar 7, 2013Lacen Project’s Inaugural Exhibition
Los Angeles

Dec 7, 2012EAST COAST, WEST COAST A performance by Yelena Zhelezov and others

Oct 27, 2012Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers @ KChung Radio

Nov 3, 2012Sculptures from the Pedestrian Memory Bureau: New Work by Yelena Zhelezov

Sep 28, 2012Upcoming Dates for Yelena Zhelezov’s Pedestrian Memory Bureau!

Jul 21, 2012Yelena Launches Pop Pedestrian Memory Bureau at Perform Chinatown!

Jul 7, 2012Yelena at the Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum!

Jul 6, 2012Join Yelena at the Pop-Up Pedestrian Memory Bureau!

Jun 26, 2012Yelena on KCHUNG Radio Show

Jun 19, 2012Join Yelena For a Drawing Performance at the Standard Hotel Downtown

The LA Fellows

Tali Tadmor
Yelena Zhelezov
Paul Ratner
Will Deutsch
Sasha Perry
Jonas N.T. Becker
Jessie Kahnweiler
Corrie Siegel
Kristen Smiarowski


PED XING is a series of participatory installations and video/puppetry that will consider Jewish intellectual history, dealing with ideas of social change and developing possibilities for the future of walkable urbanism in Los Angeles. This project is inspired by the migratory nature of Jewish people, and by the pedestrian lifestyle of the Jewish seniors of Los Angeles.  These immigrants from the former Soviet Union continue walking and bussing instead of driving in the highly motorized city, engaging with the geography of LA in the same way they did in their native lands. By making the choice to traverse Los Angeles on foot and by public transport, they transform the environment by activating awareness of the body in relation to the space of the sidewalk. This project explores the aftermath of the post-Soviet Jewish migratory experience. Jewish culture in the former Soviet Union was characterized by a strong sense of community, intellectual leadership, and strong social involvement, despite widespread anti-Semitism. By creating a work that deals with the movement and narratives of the Eastern-European Jews who moved to the US at an old age, leaving behind years of civic experience, this project explores traditional Jewish leitmotifs of oral history and migration.

Yelena Zhelezov is a Belarusian-Israeli whose work investigates the body – biological and social – in space and time, through installation, video, and puppetry/object performance. Yelena’s materials are often sourced in architecture, science, film, or civic space. She uses strategies of research and welcomes accidents in her practice.  Yelena holds an MFA in Puppetry and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, she has shown work at LACMA, Hammer Museum, Big City Forum, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Materials and Applications, Echo Country Outpost, Space 15 Twenty, LA Collective Show, Raid Gallery, IKO IKO Space, CalArts, Pictaplasma-Bordeaux, Elfriede Jelinek International Conference in Berlin, NASA Houston, and International Puppetry Conference London, UK.  Currently, Yelena teaches painting to children at a private studio of a fellow Israeli artist, serves as an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner of the City of West Hollywood, and makes music videos. Recent credits include directing music videos for local artists such as Craft Spells, Julia Holter, Henry Wolfe, and Jena Malone, as well as engineering miniature architectural disasters for How are you Doing, directed by Michel Gondry for Living Sisters.

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LA Record
June 28, 2012