Artists - Serhiy Bratkov

Serhiy Bratkov

Serhiy Bratkov

Serhiy Bratkov was born in 1960, Kharkiv, Ukraine
He lives and works in Moscow

Schooled and working originally as an engineer, Serhiy Bratkov turned his interest in amateur photography into a full time and lifelong occupation. Working in his hometown of Kharkiv in Ukraine in late 1980s under the tutorage of conceptual photographer - Boris Mikhailov, Bratkov began to develop and implement his own artistic strategies. For twenty years, he has photographed unique absurdities of everyday life that have taken hold in the streets of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Moscow since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. In all of his works, people are always at the centre in the compositions. Just like the famous 19th Century Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, Bratkov’s works are seen as a visual outpouring of a national consciousness - making series of portraits of various groups of everyday individuals such as labourers, children and soldiers. In his portraits, the protagonists transcend into the commonplace. Ordinary people are taken out of their daily context and pictured as heroes or more precisely, anti-heroes. Bratkov’s images are permeated by razor-sharp realism.

For his project at the Ukrainian Pavilion, Bratkov has created a series of new portrait works about Ukrainians at work in a steel mill in the city of Dnipropetrovsk. These ruff and brutal light-box installations – inside and outside the Palazzo-, with chemical drums and slabs of steel with video, are installed into the ornate rooms and use the architecture of the building to continue his interest in new modes of large-scale photography. Along side the light-boxes, is a video documenting the flow of molten steel before it is shaped and formed. Here, Bratkov creates a tension between the industrial might and power of the event and the blatant sexual references that exist in the real world.

His personal exhibitions include the following: S.M.A.K., Gent (2005); Birds, Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt (2004); My Moscow, Regina Gallery, Moscow, 2002; Kids, Regina Gallery, Moscow, 2000; The Daily Journal of Chicatilo, Galerie in der BrotFabrik, Berlin, 1997. Group exhibitions: New Space, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (2006); Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); Moscow-Berlin, History Museum, Moscow, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2003); The Venice Biennale (2003); Biennial of São Paulo (2002)

Project
Project
Sergey Bratkov Dzine Alexander Hnilitsky & Lesja Zaiats Boris Mikhailov Juergen Teller Mark Titchner Sam Taylor Wood
 
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