Oleg Kulik

Oleg Kulik is a Russian artist who lives and works in Moscow. Since Perestroika he has become a symbolic figure in the Russian contemporary art scene famous for his performances. In 1996 he performed as a man-dog in Stockholm at the Interpol Exhibition where he was chained to the entrance naked and attacked some of the visitors. This action was interpreted by the West as a sign of the suffering of the Soviet people and caused a scandal. In another work I Bite America and America Bites Me he performed again as a man- dog in a cell and drew his inspiration from Joseph Beuys. His art has been socio-politically engaged until now and concerned with the human existential condition. His provocative art has been censored many times but his reputation in the art market has never suffered and this has kept steady his position as one of the leading intellectual-artists in Russia. He still works today with videos, photographs and documentations of performance. He has started to curate shows in important institutions, like the Kandinsky Prize at the Louise Blouin Foundation in London in 2009. His work has been shown in group exhibitions in the Guggenheim, at the Tate Modern in Performing Bodies in 2000 and at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005.