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Ruslan Vashkevych

  • artist
  • curator
1966

Artist, curator.

Creates rebellious statements, ironic and paradoxical works. He is skeptical towards the institutions of Belarusian art, as a result of which he creates actions and events that criticize the system. For example, at the end of the "Year of Culture" - as the state called 2016 - he, along with colleagues from the cultural sector, threw a party at the city dump (the "Northern Polygon" campaign). Often in his works he flirts with deliberately bad taste and kitsch, borrows images and codes from mass culture and folklore. Some of his works are built on an optical illusion and are associated with problems of optics and gaze.

As a curator, he organized and co-organized a number of important large-scale exhibitions: the Belarusian pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale, the art-analytical project "Zero Radius. Ontology of the 2000s", the critical-nostalgic-educational project "Parnat".

Lives and works in Minsk.

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February 12, 1966

Born in Minsk (BSSR, today the Republic of Belarus).

1984

He graduated from the Republican boarding school for music and fine arts (today the Gymnasium-College of Arts named after I. O. Akhremchik).

Since 1989

Participant of art exhibitions.

1992

Graduated from the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute (today the Belarusian State Academy of Arts), department of monumental and decorative art, course of Gavriil Vashchenko.

After defending his diploma, he received an invitation to a six-month internship in Hannover. This trip is still considered to have determined the further creative path: "I was able to see with my own eyes what is happening in contemporary European art. I plunged into a normal, correct context."

Since 1995

Member of the Belarusian Union of Artists.

1999

He trained in France as part of the Cite Internationale des Arts residency in Paris.

2001

Trained in Switzerland as part of the Kunstlerhaus residency/scholarship in Boswil.

2005

Participated in a group exhibition project at the Venice Biennale.

Since 2016

Works with Alina Savchenko.

Currently, he collaborates with 11.12 GALLERY (Russia, Moscow, CCA Winzavod).

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  • canvas
  • criticism of capitalism and consumerism
  • curatorship
  • glamor & kitsch
  • graphic techniques / drawing
  • installation / working with space
  • institutional criticism
  • irony
  • minsk
  • object & object conceptualism
  • oil
  • performative practices
  • scenic practices & techniques
  • sculpture
  • shocking / rebelliousness
  • texts and slogans