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Khanykov, Anfimfree

Russian, 21st century, male.

Born 1977, in Izhevsk (Russia).

Sculptor, performance artist.

Anfim Khanykov was born in Izhevsk, the capital city of the Udmurt Republic located in the Western Urals of Russia. He graduated from Udmurt State University in Izhevsk in 2000. Izhevsk is a centre for the space industry and military, and Khanykov’s work draws upon the material culture of his native city. Khanykov is a performance artist and sculptor working in media ranging from wood to ice and sculpts materials into objects from ordinary barrels to hybrid creatures. Khanykov’s sculptures have been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions as well as art festivals and public projects. In 2007, Khanykov collaborated with artists Katie Salen and Marina Zhurkow on a commission from the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Set on the Las Vegas Strip, One Nature is a performance that invites unassuming tourists to partake in an ephemeral ritual involving ice sculptures carved by Khanykov. The public performance comments on the desert city’s overconsumption of water and promotes alternative energy consumption practices. For the First Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art in 2017, Khanykov’s installation titled Kamen shows a hand squeezing a mysterious liquid out of a brick into a wood barrel wherein a mystical being resides with its mouth agape to receive the dripping liquid. Other works such as the wood sculpture titled Crucified Shiva from 2010 combines two holy figures – Jesus Christ and Shiva – into one hybrid being. Portable Eternal Fire engages with more recent symbols of the Soviet Union such as the Red Star.

Khanykov was a member of a number of groups and collectives including Archaeopteryx, All-Russian Society of Saints, and IZHcarus. His work has been featured in numerous festivals and art projects such as the Contemporary Urban Sculpture in Izhevsk, Speaking Monuments in Perm, Package in Izhevsk, Ulyanovsk in Amsterdam, and Square Art in Perm. In 2010, he participated in the international Archstoyanie festival of Land Art founded by artist Nikolay Polissky in Nikola-Lenivets in the Kaluga Region of Russia. Khanykov is also a curator and since 2003 he has served as the artistic director of the group Tvorcheskaya Dacha. Khanykov lives and works in Izhevsk.

Group Exhibitions

2003, Instrumenta: The Art of Usefulness, New Manege, Moscow

2010, Archstoyanie, Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Kaluga Region

2012, Icons, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St Petersburg

2012–2013, Contemporary Art in Izhevsk, Cultural Alliance Gallery, Moscow

2015, Big Ural, Ural Vision Gallery, Yekaterinburg

2015, Nadezhda: The Hope Principle, Trekhgornaya Manufaktura, Moscow

2017, Kamen, First Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum, Moscow

Museum and Gallery Holdings

St Petersburg (Erarta MCA)