Spartak Khachanov is a sculptor and contemporary artist who produces visually, politically and emotionally charged works in a variety of materials and genres.
Following an exhibition of his new work at the Kiev Academy of Fine Art (NOAM) in January 2019, where Khachanov was a much-respected student, he was faced by rising threats to his art, life and well-being from far-right forces in Ukraine.
It related specifically to an art installation “Penis Parade” in which Khachanov placed dozens of miniature plaster soldiers and military vehicles, all with suggestive phallic features, in a long military parade that occupied the corridor of the Kiev Art Academy.
Starting with threats from a professor at the academy and rising to a dangerous fever pitch, his life was endangered by a growing cohort of fascists, and the notorious grouping C14 in particular. Artists at Risk (AR) intervened at this point, bringing him directly to AR-Safe Haven Helsinki for an emergency AR-Residency.
Shortly afterwards, Khachanov had an invitation to exhibit his work in Berlin. In the face of the Kiev Academy’s refusal to hand over the artwork—which had been partially destroyed—Artists at Risk (AR) wrote an open letter, co-signed by Aki Kaurismäki among others. The work was finally released and exhibited. Khachanov was nevertheless expelled from the Kiev Academy for making and exhibiting “immoral” artworks. He will be exhibiting this and further works in Sofia and Helsinki in the coming months.
From January to April Spartak Khachanov was an Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident co-hosted by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and HIAP on the island of Suomenlinna, Helsinki.
Artists at Risk’s AR–Safe Haven Helsinki is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and co-hosted by PM and HIAP–Helsinki International Artists Programme on the island of Suomenlinna. It is funded by the Division of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki.
His Helsinki residency was co-funded by Nordic Culture Point as part of the “Immigré Artists and Artists at Risk” 3-year network project.
Spartak Khachanov is currently the first AR-Resident at Radar Sofia, Bulgaria. The residency is part of the Immigré Artists (IA) and Artists at Risk (AR)-Nordic Network curated by Perpetuum Mobilε (PM) and funded by Nordic Culture Point. The AR Secretariat is generously funded by Kone Foundation.