Sasha and Illya Chichkan's collages
"The concept of the work is that I openly mock the idea of the occupier about the value of life as such and their desire to conquer the whole world: the idea is that they are idiots."
About the artist
Oleksandra Chichkan is a Ukrainian contemporary artist. She was born in 1988. She was born in Kyiv in a family of famous artists. She won the national competition of urban sculpture ‘Image of the Future’ (2011). She has participated in a number of projects, such as ‘Yin’ (CSM ‘M17’, 2013), ‘Should the world break’ (Ludmila Bereznitska & Partners Gallery, 2013), and Ukrainian Fashion Week. Participant in numerous group and solo exhibitions (since 2009). Until 2010, she worked with artist Alina Pivnenko (Ch & P Junior). Her works are in many private collections. Lives and works in Kyiv.
List of the exhibitions
In 1994, the second solo exhibition, Alter Idem, took place at the Brama Arts Center in Kyiv and was interrupted for only one day by the artist himself after members of the women’s club sitting in the gallery tried to cover Chichkan’s work with pieces of cloth.
The artist’s works have been exhibited in leading galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and South America, as well as participated in prestigious forums and festivals of contemporary art – Biennale in Sao Paulo (1996), Biennale of Contemporary Art in Johannesburg (1997), Prague Biennale (2003), The Belgrade Biennale (2004), the European Biennale Manifesta (2004), and the Venice Biennale (2009).
In 2009, Chichkan represented Ukraine at the 53rd International Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art – the oldest and most prestigious of all world art forums, participation in which is traditionally considered one of the highest achievements in the career of an artist or curator. Together with the Japanese artist Micharo Yasuhiro Chichkan, he prepared the project “Steppes of Dreamers” – a total multimedia installation (music, video, performance) in the ancient Palazzo Papadopoli (Venice). Part of this art project was the involvement of the famous Ukrainian boxer Volodymyr Klychko as a curator.