Spartak Khachanov, Artist talk
"Parade Penisav", Decommunia_tion. Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
Sculpture, "Comrade" project death triumph Kiev National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture
Spartak Khachanov is a modern artist who creates visually, politically and emotionally charged works in various materials and genres. Spartacus says he is a doctor. Society is a patient who needs to be diagnosed. He is interested in the moments of the emotional impact of his work, a wave that he cannot control, and which can be viewed from the outside as a normal development.
After the exhibition of his new works in the Kiev Academy of Arts in January 2019, where he was faced with growing threats to his art, life and well-being from ultra-right forces in Ukraine. An installation in which Khachanov placed dozens of miniature plastering soldiers and military vehicles in phallic terms in a lengthy military parade that occupied the academy’s corridor. Starting with threats from a professor at the academy, the growing cohort of fascists, in particular the notorious C14 group, threatened Spartak’s life.
Spartak Khachanov is an Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident currently staying at HIAP Suomenlinna. Artists at Risk’s AR–Safe Haven Helsinki is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and co-organized by PM and HIAP. Safe Haven Helsinki is funded by the Division of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki. Spartak’s residency is co-funded by Nordic Culture Point as part of the “Immigré Artists and Artists at Risk” three-year network project.
While living at HIAP, Spartak Khachanov is going to investigate a civil war between white and red Finns in Finland, an analogy of the connection with the current situation in eastern Ukraine