A member of the Moscow Conceptualist movement and one of the best known authors of the Russian literary avant-garde, she is the author of several novels and story collections.
Her début short novel "The Dove's Flight Over the Mud of Phobia" (1992), became a cult hit of the underground "Samizdat" movement. Her prose subsequently appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin has recently published two of her novels and an anthology which she edited.
Julia Kissina is also known as a visual and performance artist. In 2000, she herded an actual flock of sheep into the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt as part of a performance. She also co-curated the Art & Crime Festival at the Hebbel Theater, Berlin, in 2003 and performed in a German prison. In 2006 Kissina created The Dead Artist's Society, which held séances to conduct "Dialogues with Classic Artists" such as Duchamp and Malevich.