Overview

Sergey Bratkov was born in 1960 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 1978 he graduated from The Kharkiv State School of Art; in 1983 – from The National Technical University of Kharkiv. In the 1970s, he got fascinated with photography and, in the 1980s, began experimenting, creating collages and objects. From 1988 to 1993, he was a part of the art group ‘Letter A’; he created the semi-figurative painting, participated in group exhibitions in Ukraine and Germany. In 1994­-1997 he was a member of the Fast Reaction Group. As a part of the collective, Bratkov worked with such authors of provocative performances, objects, and photo series, as Boris and Victoria Mikhailov and Sergiy Solonsky­.

 

Since 2000, he has been living in Moscow. His major mediums are photography, video, installation, painting, and performance. He also holds classes at the Rodchenko School of Multimedia and Photography and curates exhibitions.

 

Artworks by Bratkov raise questions of a broad sociocultural nature; they reflect the problems of society militarization, illiteracy, and adherence to the occult, they speak ironically about the pervasive consumerism and manipulative advertising.

 

The artist always maintains a balance between social orientation and the artistry of the idea: Bratkov never descends to current affairs. His artistic language is distinguished by paradox, visual power, and great poetry.

 

Bratkov is a participant of the Biennale in Sao Paulo (2002), Manifesta (2004), Venice Biennale (2003, 2007, 2011). He is an Innovation Prize winner in the main category Work of Visual Art (2009). The artworks by Bratkov were acquired by, among others, Multimedia Art Museum (Russia), Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Belgium), Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (Spain), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), as well as by private collections in Russia and abroad.

 

Works
Gallery progects
Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2021

Not About Jaws. LILL Art Space. Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

 

2020

Iphone Pack. kh.l.a.m. Voronezh, Russia.

 

2018

We Are Not Here. Regina Gallery. Moscow. Russia.

 

2017                          

The Empire of Dreams. MAMM. Moscow, Russia.

Brat Film Fest. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2016                          

Schukki-shtuki. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia. 

 

2014

Spell. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2013

Chapiteau Moscow. Galerie Volker Diehl. Berlin, Germany.

Good Buys Evil. PinchukArtCentre. Kiev, Ukraine.

 

2012

Balaklava Drive. Leo Koenig Inc. NY, USA.

Shapito Moscow. Red October Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

While Men Are at War. MOCAK. Krakow, Poland.

 

2011  

Scream. Regina Gallery. London, UK.

Collecti@n. Photohub_Manometr, ArtPlay Design Center. Moscow, Russia.

Neither War Nor Peace. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2010  

Glory Days. Deichtor Hallen. Aktuelle Kunst Haus der Photographie. Hamburg, Germany.

Ukraine. Pinchuk Art Centre. Kiev, Ukraine.

Male Games. Espacio Minimo Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

How Much? Deweer Gallery. Otegem, Belgium.

 

2009  

Balaklavsky Drive. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Glory Days. Canal de Isabel II. Madrid, Spain.

 

2008  

Glory Days. Fotomuseum. Winterthur, Switzerland.

Searching for Horizon. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Searching for Horizon. Transit Gallery. Mechelen, Belgium.

 

2007  

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Gateshead, UK.

 

2006  

Dream Rooms. Deweer Gallery. Otegem, Belgium.

Part of My Life. Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

SPA. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Misanthrope. Espacio Minimo Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

 

2005  

S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum for Actuele Kunst. Ghent, Belgium.

Collecti@n. Torch Gallery. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

2004       

On Volcano. Lipanje Puntine Gallery.Trieste, Italy.

Seven. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Birds. Galerie Anita Beckers. Frankfurt, Germany.

 

2003       

Steelworkers. Transit Gallery. Mechelen, Belgium

Kids. Espacio Minimo Gallery. Madrid, Spain

Souvenirs. Scena Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Faust and Margherita. Center for Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine

 

2002       

My Moscow. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia 

Souvenirs. Atelier Karas. Kiev, Ukraine

www.girls.ru. LipanjePuntin Gallery. Trieste, Italy

Djeti-Kinder-Kids. Kunstverein Rosenheim. Rosenheim, Germany.

 

2001 

Fayur-Soyuz. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2000       

Kids. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia. 

Sailors. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1999  

Alien. Cultural and Press Department of the German Embassy. Kiev, Ukraine

 

1998  

Performance in the frame of exhibition ‘A Day in the Life/Crimean Project – I’. Tennis-courts of Kiev Tennis Club. Kiev, Ukraine

America House. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

1997       

The Daily Journal of Chicatilo. Galerie in der BrotFabrik. Berlin, Germany

 

1996  

There is no Paradise. MIXt Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

There is no Paradise. Up/Down Gallery. Kharkov, Ukraine

The Daily Journal of Chicatilo. The Medical Cabinet of Professor Dmitriy Pirogov. Kharkov Medical Association. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

1995       

Frozen Landscape: photo-action. Soros Center for Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine

In the Haystacks. Galerie in der BrotFabrik. Berlin, Germany

 

1994  

Frozen Landscape: photo-action. Up/Down Gallery. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

1992       

Forum Stadtpark. Graz, Austria

 

1990  

F-4 Gallery. Cheb, Czech Republic

 

1987  

Art Institute. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

 

Group exhibitions

2021

Summer Exhibition. Radio House. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Shadow of the Soul but Slightly Sharper. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.

 

2020

Things. Anna Nova Gallery. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.

Steirischer herbst festival. Graz, Austria

 

2019

The destiny of man. Session V: human Teleology. Biography, fate, hope, faith. MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

Power over yourself. Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin, Moscow, Russia

Forbidden Image. Pinchuk Center. Kiev, Ukraine

Here and now. An atlas of Moscow Art Studios. Central Manege, Moscow, Russia.

 

2018

The Art of the 2000s. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia. 

 

2017                       

Collection! Contemporary art in the USSR and Russia, 1950-2000. Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, France.  

 

2016                         

Dashing 90’s. Museum of Contemporary Art in Odessa. Odessa, Ukraine

Borsch and Champagne. MMOMA. Moscow, Russia

Football - Hockey. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia

Wines. Pinchuk Art Centre. Kiev, Ukraine

 

2015                           

From Nowhere, with Love. V Moscow Biennale. VDNH, Moscow, Russia

On the Verge. Pinchuk Art Centere. Kiev, Ukraine

The Own Land / Another’s Territory. Manege. Moscow, Russia

 

2014        

Personal Choice. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

Playing the Circus. MMOMA. Moscow, Russia

UPWARD. The Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia

Reconstruction II. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow

 
2013
Dreams For Those Who Are Awake. MMOMA. Moscow, Russia
CHAPITEAU MOSCOW. Almine Rech Gallery. Paris, France
 
2012
Reality Bites. Kiasma, The Museum of Contemporary Art. Helsinki, Finland
SAMMEN/TOGETHER. Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Trondheim, Norway
Closer to Thee. Galerie Transit. Mechelen, Belgium

 

2011  

Independent. Mystetskyi Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine.

Lymphatic drainage. Small Gallery of the Art Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine

Passion is the difference. LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea. Triest, Italy

Arthouse Squat Forum. IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Special Project. Arthouse. Moscow, Russia

Auditorium Moscow. A Sketch For A Public Space. IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Special Project. Belie Palaty. Moscow, Russia

The World Belongs To You. 54th Venice Biennale. Parallel Program. Palazzo Grassi.  Venice, Italy

Commercial Break. 54th Venice Biennale. Parallel Program. Canal Grande.  Venice, Italy

Modernikon. Contemporary Art From Russia. 54th Venice Biennale. Parallel Program. Casa dei tre oci.  Venice, Italy

CROSSROADS: Contemporary Russian Photography. Australian Centre for Photography. Sydney, Australia

Cosmic Odyssey 2011. Mistetskiy Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine

Russian Art. Sem-Art Gallery. Monaco, Monaco

 

2010  

Art to spend time. M’ARS Center for Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia

Workers and Philosophers. Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia

Modernikon. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Torino, Italy

What's up Sea? Rauma Biennale Balticum. Rauma Art Museum. Rauma, Finland

V Annual All-Russian Awards in the field of contemporary visual art "Innovation". NCCA. Moscow, Russia

Diary of a Madman. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Futurology. Center for Contemporary Culture GARAGE. Moscow, Russia

 

2009       

Russian Lettrism. Central House of Artist. Moscow, Russia

Future Depends on YouNew Rules. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.

 

2007       

Russia, The life and adventures of shed number XII. Collins Building. Miami, USA

15 anos tiene mi amor. Galeria Espacio Minimo. Madrid, Spain

So Close/So Far Away. Be PART. Waregem, Belgium

Vagina is my motherland. 52th Venice Biennale. Ukrainian Pavilion. Venice, Italy

On Geekdom. Parallel project of Art Athina. Curated by V.Misiano. Athens, Greece

II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Main Project. Moscow, Russia

2006  

Full House – Face of a collection. Kunsthalle Manheim. Manheim, Germany

 

2005  

Urban Realities: Focus Istambul. Martin-Gropius-Bau. Berlin, Germany

XII. Rohkunstbau "Child’s Play". Brandenburg, Germany

Postscriptum. Moscow-Warsaw. Warsaw-Moscow. National Centre for Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia; Centre for Contemporary Art "Ujazdowski Castle". Warsaw, Poland

Reality Check. Ukranian House. Kiev, Ukraine

 

2004       

Manifesta5. San Sebastian, Spain 

Five Years of S.M.A.K. Collection. Ghent, Belgium

Shrinking Cities. KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Berlin, Germany

Moscow-Berlin 1950-2000. Central Historical Museum. Moscow, Russia

Eclips. Deweer Art Gallery. Otegem, Belgium

Farwell to Arms. Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine

System of coordinates. Russian Art Today. Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb, Croatia

Photobiennale’2004. MCA. Moscow, Russia

Faces of Volga. National Centre for Contemporary Art. Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

The Beauty of Darkness. Reflex Gallery. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flight of Fools. Russian Photography Today. White Space Gallery. London, UK

 

2003       

Berlin-Moscow 1950-2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau. Berlin, Germany 

First Collection. Central House of Artists. Kiev, Ukraine

SteelTondo. 50th Venice Biennale. Russian Pavilion. Venice, Italy

Neu ansatre/zeitgenossische kunst aus Moscau. Kunsthalle Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf, Germany

Horizons of Reality. MUHKA Museum of Contemporary art. Antwerp, Belgium

 

2002       

Sans Consentement. CAN. Neuchatel, Switzerland

Shock&Show. Group 78. Trieste, Italy

Photobiennale’2002. Manezh. Moscow, Russia

25th Sao Paolo Bienal. Sao Paolo, Brasil

Brand "Ukranian". Center for Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine

 

2001       

Winter Exhibition. Institute of Visual Arts. University of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, USA

Innverse Perspectives. Edvik Cultural Centre. Sollentuna, Sweden

 

2000  

Contemporary Photographers of the Ukraine. Contemporary Art Centre. Thessaloniki, Greece

Clean Room. Promzona Club. Kiev, Ukraine

Two Sides. Center for Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine

Olaf Breuning&Sergey Bratkov. Museum-Fortress ‘Cosoi Caponir’. Kiev, Ukraine

 

1999       

Contemporary Ukranian Photography. Festival Est-Ouest. Die, France

Face Value. Ukranian Stock Exchange. Kiev, Ukraine

The Taste of the Other. Tokyo Japanese Club Restaurant. Kiev, Ukraine

After the Wall. Moderna Museet. Stockholm, Sweden

3rd Triennale of Photography. Graz, Austria

Regards sur l’Ukraine. Passage du Retz. Paris, France

Contemporary Photographers of the Ukraine. Art School of Mulhouse and Upper Alsace ‘Le Quai’. Mulhouse, France

Carte-Blanche a Boris Mikhailov. Cite International des Arts. Paris, France

Photographers from Kharkov. Gallery Kohlenof. Nuremberg, Germany

The Future is Now. Ukrainian Art of 90s. Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb, Croatia

 

1998   

Dressed in White. The Art Gallery at Ramapo College. Mahwah, New Jersey, USA

Accommodation. Gallery "U Iezuitov". Poznan, Poland

Public Interest. Gallery of the Artists Union at the House of Artists. Kiev, Ukraine

Humanature. Nortalie, Sweden

Intermedia. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

A Day in the Life. Crimean Project-I. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev,Ukraine

 

1997   

Symptomatic Anonymity. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

Photo syntheses. Gallery of the Artists Union at the House of Artists. Kiev, Ukraine

Intrigue-Provocation. M.Zilinkas Art Gallery. Kaunas,Lithuania

 

1996   

Sugar Plum Vision. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

Commodity Fetishism. Special exposition of International Art Festival. 'Ukrainian House' Cultural center. Kiev, Ukraine

The Family Album. Kyiv Mohyla Academy Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

Hermetic Forest. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

 

1995  

If I Were A German (Mikhailov, Solonsky, Bratkov). Galerie Andreas Weiss. Berlin, Germany

Galerie in der BrotFabrik. Berlin, Germany

Project for Europe. Turbine Hall. Copenhagen, Denmark

Multiple Exposures: Illya Chichkan and Sergei Bratkov. Mason Gross Visual Arts School. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Bred in the Bone. Soros Center for Contemporary Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

The Art of Photography from Ukraine. Mason Gross Visual Arts School. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Black and White. Center for Contemporary Arts 'Brama'. Kiev, Ukraine

Barbaros. Artists Union Gallery at the House of Artists. Kiev, Ukraine

Mouth of Medusa. Center for Contemporary Arts "Brama". Kiev, Ukraine

 

1994  

Expanse of the Cultural Revolution. 'Ukrainian House' Cultural Center. Kyiv, Ukraine

Free Zone. Art Museum. Odessa, Ukraine

Alchemic Surrender. Organized by Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Kiev. Battleship Slavutych. Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine

Project for Europe. Turbine Hall. Copenhagen, Denmark

Za Buhrom. Ukrainian Museum of Fine Art. Kharkov, Ukraine

Neoexpressionist Photography: Bratkov, Mikhailov, Solonskiy. Ukrainian Museum of Fine Art. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

1993  

The Art of Contemporary Photography from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia

Photography from Kharkov. Museum of Industrial Culture. Nuremberg, Germany

Trans-Kontakt (Collaborative Work with Boris Mikhailov). Kharkov, Ukraine - New York, USA

 

1992  

Group Show of Ukrainian Photography. Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

Fifth Exhibition of Litera A. House of Artists. Kharkov, Ukraine

Group Show. Gallery Zabo. Nuremberg, Germany

Artists from Ukraine. DRK-Forum. Kiel, Germany

 

1991  

Sots-Photo Installation: Will We All Eat One Another and Package It? Gallery Up/Down. Kharkov, Ukraine

No. Installation at The Technics House. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

1990  

The Dedication to Van Gogh. House of Artists. Kharkov, Ukraine

Cinema House. Moscow, Russia

 

1989  

Photo-Summer. Gallery on Kashirka. Moscow, Russia

Photo-bridge. Moscow, Russia

Message. Kharkov, Ukraine

150 Years of Photography. Manege. Moscow, Russia

 

1988  

Republican Exhibition of Young Artists. House of Artists. Kiev, Ukraine

All-Union Exhibition of Young Artists. Manege. Moscow, Russia

Art Contacts. Riga, Latvia

New Soviet Photography. Finland, Denmark, Sweden

 

1987  

Photography 1987. Kharkov, Ukraine

 

 

Public collections:

 

 

  • MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art. Antwerp, Belgium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb, Croatia
  • Museum of Photography. Boston, USA
  • Zimmerli Art Museum. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art. Milwaukee, USA
  • S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art. Gent, Belgium
  • MARTa Herford Museum of Contemporary Art. Herford, Gemany
  • MAMM Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography. Moscow, Russia
  • FRAC. Paris, France
  • Finnish National Gallery. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Helsinki, Finland
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur. Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea. Galicia, Spain
  • Pinchuk Art Centre. Kiev, Ukraine
  • Ekaterina Foundation. Moscow, Russia
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2014
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2008
  • Thomas Seelig, “Glory Days”, catalogue for the exhibition “Glory Days” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008, p. 50-51
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2007
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2005
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2004
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