Petr Davydtchenko

 

Petr Davydtchenko was born in Arzamas, Russia in 1986 and moved to Sweden as a teenager. He graduated from the Konstfack University of Arts in Stockholm before earning a Master’s degree in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. A multi-disciplinary artist, Davydtchenko’s work includes performance, video, sculpture, photography and installations.

 
‘I work mostly site-specifically with staged interaction and sculpture. Utilising forms of video, installation and photography, my work suggests a radiation from somewhere inside of a new born feeling. My practice is rooted in the Fluxus Movement, which unpacks art, making it happen right here and right now, allowing raw materials to stand for themselves. I am interested in an art that can be viewed as an ethereal substance. Using occult symbolism combined with a minimalistic aesthetic and sometimes using myself as an object of focus, cultural meanings are explored and blended to rethink and reinterpret social codes. One of the main tools of connection between public, artwork and myself is ritual. By preparing props and loading the space for a particular event I strive to create a dimension where codes that are known to us lose their original meaning. The new meaning that is created becomes open and unique for everyone involved. I mostly focus on the themes of violence, fear and collapse of structures. I am interested in how things die from inside, I guess it is a violent cycle of life that fascinates me. But from this violence and chaos there is always a possibility of something being purified or reborn.’

 

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Education

2011-2013
MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2008-2011
BA Fine Arts, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, SE

2006-2008
Gerlesborgsskolan, Bohuslän, SE

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Ascension, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2016
POEHALI!, Platform Stockholm, Stockholm

2015
DAVAJ / ДАВАЙ, Petr Davydtchenko / Astrid Gnosis, WestminsterWaste.biz, London, UK
HARD BASS, Edel Assanti Gallery, London, UK
LUST FOR GORE, Petr Davydtchenko / Astrid Gnosis, Under Bron, Stockholm, SE

2014
Until The Light Takes Us, Petr Davydtchenko / Astrid Gnosis, DO NOT OPEN, Brussels, BE
DyingBreed - Mayhem, One Night Only Gallery, Oslo, NO
Burnout, Harlan Levey projects, Brussels, BE
Petty Vanities, Opening Night of Gothenburg International Film Festival, SE
Circus TM, Belmacz Gallery, London
Just The Best, Underbron, Stockholm, SE
One Night Only Gallery, Oslo, NO
Manifesta - The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, RU

2012
Mental Properties: European Autumn, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2009
The portrait of a contemporary artist in St.Petersburg, Showkonstfack, Stockholm, SE

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
The 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, RU
Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, US

2015
Kibergop, Loft Project ETAGI, Saint Petersburg, RU
Kosmisk Kastrering IV - Vinter i Hagalund, Stockholm, SE
EVERY DAY IM..., Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
There and Back Again, Galleri BON, Stockholm, SE

2014
THE VOICE OF MOSCOW, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, RU
CRASH ON YOU, 100plus, Zurich, SW
Art Brussels 2014, Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels, BE
Circus TM, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK
Petty Vanities, Opening Night of Gothenburg International Film Festival, Gothenburg, SE
Dying Breed / Last Song, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm, SE

2013
Kosmisk Kastrering 2 - En natt pa industrigatan, Malmo , SE
Must-Have, Ligne Roset, London, UK
Wild, DO NOT OPEN, Brussels, BE
8bit, Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK
21st Century Art and Design RCA 2013, Christies, London, UK
The Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition, RCA, London, UK
REACT, Dilston Grove, London, UK
Strategies&Tactics, OPEN PLAN at 55 Gracechurch Street, Departure Foundation, London, UK

2012
The Circle Game, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Fractional Crystallization, Galleri Laveau, Stockholm, SE
Party Mode, Donna Scam, Nalen, Stockholm, SE
FAIR, ECA, Edinburgh, UK
At The End of The Rainbow, What The Shop, Vienna, AT
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2011
If the light should take us, Gavle konstcentrum, Gavle, SE
Konstfack Degree Exhibition, Konstfack, Stockholm, SE
Varsalong 2011, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, SE
Exploring The Fire, Landets 5 year anniversary,
Fargfabriken, Stockholm, SE

2010
Not Yet Titled, Landet, Stockholm, SE

2009
Walking Amongst Gods, Galleri Konstfack, Stockholm, SE

2008
Art parade festival, Loft Project ETAGI, Saint Petersburg, SE
Errorism vol.1, Saint Petersburg, RU

2007
Bohussalongen, Bohuslans museum, Bohuslan, SE

Awards and Grants

2014
Dare to Explore Residency, Penthouse Art Space, Hotel Bloom, Brussels, BE

2013
Red Mansion Art Prize, finalist , UK

2007
Taby Konstvanner, stipend, SE

Selected Bibliography

-Anastasiia Fedorova, "Pretty ugly: Russia's suburbs lack charm or beauty. All the more reason to celebrate them", The Guardian, 2014
-Denis Maksimov, "Interview with Petr Davydtchenko on Aesthetics and Power", BxlConnect, 2014
-"Feature in 20th anniversary issue", NEO2 Magazine, 2014
-"Burnout Exhibition Catalogue", Harlan Levey Projects, 2014
-"issue No.1", Brothers Magazine, 2013
-Klas Erikson, "Dying Breed - Tottenham Diary", REPTILHJARNAN, No.2, 2013

Online Publications

- Anastasiia Fedorova, "Pretty ugly: Russia's suburbs lack charm or beauty. All the more reason to celebrate them", Calvert Journal, 2014
- Denis Maksimov, Dust Magazine, 2014
- Darina Obuhova, Sgustok Magazine, 2013
- Sara Litzen, Contributor Magazine, 2012
-Jacquelyn Davis, ArtSlant, 2011

Petr Davydtchenko, Ascension, 6 source video Installation, 2016
Ascension
Imprints, Installation view
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