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Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov — a geneticist which became an artist
In his works, Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov explores the relationships between man, nature and technology. The main motif of his artistic practice is the themes of isolation and control. The artist focuses on how a human creates boundaries within social groups and within the world as a whole, how the concepts of "Other" and "Alien" appear and what violent acts can be committed during this process of alienation.
"I'm not very excited to look at the world through the human's eyes, it's much more fascinating to do it from the point of view of a snake, an ant, a beetle, a slug or a nettle".
From the series "Empty museums"
200 000
Digital printing
Edition 5 +1A
170 х 70 cm.
The work is sold without a frame
This project is based on the artist's collection of empty spaces in the showcases of natural history museums, which he takes pictures around the world. He takes pictures of them around the world (Russia, France, UK, Netherlands, Slovenia and etc). In this way, Fedotov-Fedorov tries to deconstruct the colonial idea of Natural History Museums and and reflects on the future of Biological museums in the eco-era.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The State Tretyakov Gallery
From the series "Biology of masterpieces"
Glass, epoxy resin, restoration sample from V. Kandinsky's painting, organic objects, stones
50 х 30 х 3 cm, 2016

"The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts provided me with some fragments of various works, for example, of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Vasily Kandinsky. These were the elements left over from the restoration. It seemed to me that dissecting the painting as a living object was interesting. So, I've created "dissected paintings"; likewise you can see a frog or a snake in formalin in the natural history museum", — Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov.

This work is held in the collection The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
From the series "Herbarium of threads"
Paper, ink
21,5 х 31 cm, 2015

This series of works has been created over several years. It is the result of the artist's reflection on the destruction of his most large-scale installation, which he prepared for the City Day in 2019. Ilya took the threads left over from the installation and created a "herbarium" on their basis, a kind of collection of memories.

This work is held in the collection of The State Tretyakov Gallery.

"Body", from the series "Points"
Digital printing, glass
30 x 30 cm, 2013

The series "Points" is one of the earliest works by Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov. Using an electron microscope, the artist has taken the series of photos that captured mostly various elements surrounding him in everyday life — particles of soil, dust, and food. These are exactly the works which signify the beginning of the artist's experiments with combining visual images and his interest in biology.

This work is held in the collection of The Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Documentary film about the artist
produced by the project Art. Is. You.

"Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov is a subtle and attentive author. His mediums are the elements taken from nature, which turns into unique objects due to artistic comprehension. These are strange creatures living in the world of loneliness-as-isolation, absolutely aesthetic natural abstractions, live systems with crowds of ants which are organized demiurgically (by the artist's will). In all of this, Fedotov-Fedorov is extremely detached: his style is pretty recognizable, but the author seems deliberately not to present in what he does".
Art. Is. Ilya. Nature art. Russian artist Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov.
"Preservation Instinct"
In 2018, Fragment Gallery presented Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov's solo exhibition "Preservation Instinct" about the world on the verge of collapse.

For this project, the artist received a Special Prize in the "New generation" category of the only state award in Russia in the field of contemporary art — "Innovation".

The curator of the project is Alexey Maslyaev — the Head of the Research and Teaching Methodology Sector of the Education Department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).

"Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov and Alexey Maslyaev — a promising duo of one of the most ingenious young artists and one of the most gifted young curators in Moscow. Objects and installations by Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov, who is a geneticist by the first education, are filled with a melancholic feeling of the doom of the world on a cellular level. A catastrophic picture appears in the installation "Preservation Instinct", which resembles either a laboratory or a Kunstkamera of the future, when the boundaries between organic substances and inorganic will disappear, and the limits of human knowledge will be exhausted", — Art critic Anna Tolstova for "Kommarsant Weekend".
Residencies and Biennials
The artist's portfolio includes a large number of solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Russia and abroad. Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov participated in the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, the Main Project of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Ilya took part in art residencies in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. In 2017, the artist was selected by the Vroman Foundation as its first Fellow and became a participant of a year-long residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht). In 2020, he was chosen to participate in the Swiss residency Pro Helvetia.

Activity schedule by Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov:
7 May 2020
Online premiere of Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov's video work "Exo-ark", which was presented in The Main Project of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.
10 May 2020
Photo documentation of the procwss creating a new series of ceramic works.

14 May 2020
The artist will share some sources which inspire him during the creation of new works and projects.
17 May 2020
Online premiere of a snippet of a new video, on which the artist is currently working.
On this website, we have used photos provided by Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov and Fragment Gallery.
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