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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MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK

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

Gerlesborgsskolan, Bohuslän, SE

Solo Exhibitions

Ascension, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

POEHALI!, Platform Stockholm, Stockholm

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

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

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not Yet Titled, Landet, Stockholm, SE

Walking Amongst Gods, Galleri Konstfack, Stockholm, SE

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

Bohussalongen, Bohuslans museum, Bohuslan, SE

Awards and Grants

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

Red Mansion Art Prize, finalist , UK

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
Imprints, Installation view
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