Memento Mori. The exhibition will include the series 'Dead Monkeys', 12 black and white portraits of stuffed monkeys, and video screening of his most famous performances. For the past 10 years Kulik has been working on a body of works called Zoophrenia, in which the artist explores the subject of 'Animal as human being's alter-ego or 'Animal as a non-antropomorphous Other'.
White Space Gallery is pleased to present, for the first time in London, photographic works by the Russian artist Oleg Kulik. The exhibition will include the series 'Dead Monkeys', 12 black and white portraits of stuffed monkeys, and video screening of his most famous performances.
For the past 10 years Oleg Kulik has been working on a body of works called Zoophrenia, in which the artist, mainly through actions, performances and photographs, explores the subject of 'Animal as human being's alter-ego, or, 'Animal as a non-antropomorphous Other '. or Kulik proposed new vision of 'Family of the Future' in which the dog, and other animals, would be partners to a man. Within the framework of his program Kulik is attempting to radically rethink languages of human culture" (Mila Bredikhina, art-critic). In his quest the artist has gone as far as to the zoological museum. The photographic series of 'Dead Monkeys' is one of the most important works of this period. The close-up of a monkey's face doesn't reveal whether the monkey is alive or dead.
Kulik has attained international recognition with his now famous performances as a dog (Mad Dog, Reservoir Dog, I bite America and America bites me). Most of these performances were in public spaces and routinely stopped by the police. The artist has performed and showed his work throughout the world, most notably at the Venice Biennale in 2001.
In the UK Kulik's performances have been seen very recently at the Tate Modern in London (Armadillo For Your Show) and at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (Two Kuliks) in 2001. His work was also seen at the Freud Museum as part of the 'Russian Patient' show. He is exhibiting his new work at the Venice Biennale this year.
'Kulik is one of the most radical and profound artists working today'. Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery
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