Taus Makhacheva studied at the Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art, London. She has developed a performance-based practice that questions cultural and gender norms. Working with video and photography, Taus Makhacheva adopts a humorous criticality to everyday life in an attempt to reconcile the contemporary with the nostalgic, the local with the global and tradition with progress.
Taus Makhacheva combines a dedication to our shared past with the precariousness of today. For On the Benefits of Pyramids in Cultural Education, Strengthening of National Consciousness, and the Formation of Moral and Ethical Guideposts (2015) she researched acrobat traditions and asks an acrobat group to make every night a human pyramid, a small human mountain. Not only that, she also asks them to activate at the same moment the masterpieces of the museum of Makhacheva, capital of her native Dagestan. This performance takes place at exactly the same time in Kyiv, the brother city of Moscow.