We are happy to announce the arrival of artist Spartak Khachanov to the Artists-at-Risk (AR) Residency. Khachanov is a sculptor and pacifist, who will be resident at Suomenlinna in Helsinki from January 2019.
Spartak Khachanov is from Kiev, Ukraine, where he was studying in his fourth year at the Kiev Art Academy before being expelled by its Director Andrei Chebykin for making “immoral” artworks. The decision appears to be politically motivated and followed a longstanding period of tension between the artist and the university.
The expulsion followed an art action in which Khachanov placed several dozen white plaster soldiers and military vehicles, all with suggestive phallic features, in a miniature military parade that occupied the corridor of the Art Academy. The piece was subsequently destroyed. He has since received threats from the far right in the Ukraine. Following allegations that he is anti-Ukrainian Khachanov argues that he simply wishes to express his pacifism, something that is compatible with concern for his country.
Spartak Khachanov is an Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident hosted in cooperation with HIAP on the island of Suomenlinna, at AR-Safe Haven Helsinki. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by Kone Foundation. This residency is co-funded by Nordic Culture Point as part of the “Immigré Artists and Artists at Risk” three-year network project and the Division of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki.