Victor Alimpiev: Terrible as the moon

15 October 2022 - 18 January 2023 Winzavod

“Terrible as the moon” is a personal exhibition of a new series of works by Victor Alimpiev.


"Arched with an electric arc, laughing or yawning, twofold and ecstatic. Women are planets. Women are disco balls. Laughing, sparkling, doubling and arching, they expose their teeth and the undulating line of the gums — the line of the sea surf connecting the living and the inanimate.


“I'll be scared. I'll be scared. Right now, right now,” I composed these words once for a video work. Right now...


I wanted to dress my women in black, to leave only a faint sheen — the sheen of ambiguous emotion in the gap between the black flapping banners. This clearance gives the illusion of a safe distance — as if it exists. This lumen seems to allow you to sharpen.


I wanted to look at my planet through such a gap. What's there? Peaceful life? Ecstasy? Jolly Roger's smile? Psychedelic multiplying, dancing network of cute features. The undulating gum line on the satellite planet."


Victor Alimpiev


Victor Alimpiev was born in Moscow in 1973. In 1988-1992 he studied at the Art School in memory of 1905, in 1993-1995 — at the Art and Graphic Faculty of Moscow Pedagogical University. In 1998-1999 he took the course "New Strategies of Contemporary Art" at the Institute of Contemporary Art Problems in Moscow, as well as in 1999 the course of the Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Works with video and painting.


Participant of Manifesta (2004), Berlin Biennale (2006), Venice Biennale (2003, 2013). To date, Victor Alimpiev has held more than 30 solo exhibitions. In 2005, Tate Modern acquired the video "Sweet Nightingale" (London, UK), in 2007 the Pompidou Center included the video "My Breath" in its collection (Paris, France). His works are also in the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow, Russia), the Museum of Modern Art M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium), the Museum of Modern Art Trento and Rovereto MART (Italy), as well as in collections in Russia and abroad.