Nina Eba (Alina Volkova)
ResidencyAR Paris, 16th Arrondissement, Paris, France
Hosting periodAutumn 2022
Alina Volkova, aka Nina Eba, is a Ukrainian musician, sound designer, DJ and co-founder of GRV GRV Music Formation. She is currently an Artists at Risk (AR)-UNESCO Resident at AR-RAS Paris, France.
Volkova studied music at the Music Academy in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, from where she graduated in 2008. Throughout her career, Volkova has experimented with numerous different styles and genres, ranging from indie rock to k-pop. A distinct feature of her sets is the rigidity, richness and rapid succession of musical content, combined with infantile cartoon sounds, glamour and memes that cover the full spectrum from jazz to juke with a heavy mix of soul and breakcore.
In 2019–2020, Volkova organised musical events, streams, DJ seminars, soldering and Touch Designer master classes and quarantine music radio at the Sanatorium of Digital Technologies art platform “PAPAYKA” in Kyiv, Ukraine.
After the beginning of the war on 24 February, 2022, Volkova initiated a cross-platform monthly podcast, AIR RAID SIREN, that airs music by Ukrainian sound artists as the artists also reflect on the impact of the war by sharing their stories and experiences.
In Vokova’s words:
“First of all, this residency allowed me to breathe out and rest for three months after long months of instability; it gave my nervous system the chance to renew and rest from anxiety, from uncertainty. And I am very happy that I met a lot of great people during this time. Vasya (Byruniuk), Eva (Tryntsolin) and I became friends, so I never felt lonely here, even though I had no friends in Paris. The place where we live is wonderful and inspiring. A private house with a garden in Paris? Sounds unreal! I used this time to improve my project “Air Raid Siren”. Now we have +2 radios broadcasting us. And even the podcasts sound better because of the nice ambience in my room.”
Nina Eba, the stage name of Alina Volkova, is an ARTISTS at RISK (AR) – UNESCO Resident at AR-RAS Paris with the support of the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund and the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals. AR-Paris is part of the AR-Network, which is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM). It is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, which is co-funded by the Swedish Arts Council and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.