oleg kulik

Oleg Kulik was born in Kiev in 1961. In the late 1980s, he moved to Moscow, where he still lives and works today. Artist, sculptor, performer, photographer, curator, and, for some years, the founder of a political movement for the protection of the environment and animal species, Oleg Kulik is recognized as one of the most radical artists on the Russian and international art scene. His work is characterized by the contentious relationship between man and nature, caused by the process of civilization as well as a relationship with animals that often represent a return to our origins. Since his first performances in the 1990s, he has assumed the role of an artist-animal, making the dog his alter ego. In the 1990s, he created his most famous performances: Deep into Russia, in the village of Dubrovky, Tver' region (1993); I Bite America and America Bites Me, Deitch Projects, in New York (1997); Kuliks, Hamburger Bahnhof, in Berlin (2000 ); Armadillo for Your Show, at the Tate Modern in London (2003). Over the last decade, he has participated in numerous personal and group exhibitions, including: STARZ, a special project for the first Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, (2005); Russia! at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006); and Always a little further at the 51st Venice Biennale of Art (2005).

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