Natasha Akhmerova Gallery
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Communist Party USA, 2007
Yevgeniy Fiks 1972 born in Moscow 1987-1991 Art College in Memory of 1905 Revolution, Moscow 1991-1993 V. I. Surikov Art Institute, Moscow since 1994 lives and works in New York 1995-1997 Brooklyn College, New York, B.F.A. 1997-1999 School of Visual Arts, New York, M.F.A. Yevgeniy Fiks link Artist Statement My work is inspired by the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which led me to the realization of the necessity to reexamine the Soviet experience in the context of the history of the Left, including that of the international Communist movement. My work is a reaction to the collective amnesia in within the post-Soviet space over the last decade, on the one hand, and the repression of the histories of the American Left in the US, on the other. I've been interested in discovering and reflecting on repressed micro-historical narratives that highlight the complex relationships between social histories of the West and Russia in the 20th century. Having grown up and having been educated in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, my work is about coming to terms with the Soviet experience by carving out a space for critique both without and within the Soviet experience. Having lived in New York since 1994, I'm particularly interested in the history of the American Communist movement and the way it manifests itself in the present-day United States. My work has been influenced by the writings of Susan Buck-Morss about discovering sites of the "post-Soviet condition" in today's US and the effects of the Cold War on present-day American society and culture, and I am interested in the activist use of that legacy. The reexamination of Soviet history in my work is very closely connected to my understanding of the position of the post-Soviet artist as one who is committed to and responsible for the formation of a proper understanding of Soviet history. An overwhelming sense of denial of Soviet history as a way of dealing with (post-) Soviet trauma is one of the most striking symptoms of the post-Soviet condition. While pre-Revolutionary history is being discussed at length and with much interest in the countries of the former Eastern bloc, Soviet history is almost totally repressed. As the last ten years have shown, however, this repression and denial have not served the post-Soviet subject well. Reclaiming an active engagement with Soviet history is a more effective way of dealing with post-Soviet trauma. I am in no way suggesting that the post-Soviet artist should have a rosy or nostalgic view of Soviet times or that s/he should affirm the excesses of that period. The post-Soviet artist should also be careful to avoid the exploitation and commodification of the Soviet past. I'm advocating quite the opposite, a critical kind of nostalgia whereby the work of memory becomes a tool for exposing and identifying the discrepancies of both the past and the present. Fredric Jameson's "Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" was important to developing my ideas in this respect. Taking responsibility for one's history means regaining critical agency towards and within that history. Soviet history should be viewed as much as a site of intervention as current post-Soviet physical reality. Interventionist tactics normally applied to physical social space can and should be effectively applied to history. As far as my work is concerned, approaching history through interventionist tactics means uncovering and exposing repressed histories and scrutinizing the generally accepted official historical narratives. I view activism within the discipline of history as the formation of a parallel or alternative base of knowledge whose formation begins with the collection of radical historical data. Within the context of contemporary Russian art, my work addresses issues pertinent to the critique of post-Soviet identity politics. I often depart from historical research and I approach these issues by means of analytical, conceptual, or interventionist tactics. I have been consistently interested in areas such as the "post-Soviet condition," 20th-century Russian history, Soviet-American relations and the Cold War, the history of the international Communist movement, and the Communist legacy in the West today. Over the last several years, my projects have included works that use a descriptive research-based approach (in such projects as "Communist Guide to New York City" and "Communist Party USA"), as well as more directly interventionist strategies concerning the Communist legacy, as in a project entitled "Lenin for Your Library?"

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

2009 American Communists in Moscow: Walking Tours, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (upcoming)
2009 The Song of Russia, Galerie Blue Square, Paris
2008 Communist Guide to New York City, Barnard College, New York
2008 Adopt Lenin, Winkleman Gallery, New York
2008 Reading Lenin with Corporations (in collaboration with K. Hansen, O. Kopenkina, and A. Lerman), PS 122 Gallery, New York
2008 Monitoring Lenin’s Sales on, Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow
2008 Communist Guide to New York City, Common Room 2, New York (catalog)
2007 Communist Party USA, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
2007 Lenin for Your Library? Lenin Museo, Tampere
2006 Lenin for Your Library? State Museum of Russian Political History (1st St. Petersburg Biennale of Contemporary Art), St. Petersburg
2006 Lenin-by-mail, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk
2005 The Song of Russia, ARTStrelka Projects, Moscow

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2009 Ultra New Materiality, (3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow (upcoming) 2009 European Atelier, Central Artists’ House, Moscow
2009 Vysocansky Congress (screening), National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
2009 Things Fall Apart, Winkleman Gallery, New York
2008 Metro Poles, Art in Action, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, New York
2008 Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded, Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin
2008 In Transition, National Center for Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalog)
2008 Tina B: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague (catalog)
2008 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (catalog)
2008 1st Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalog)
2008 L’impresa dell’arte (The Enterprise of Art), PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Napoli (catalog)
2008 Properly Past, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
2007 Artist as Activist Festival, Tokyo
2007 VII Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk (catalog)
2007 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Workshop of Young Artists, The Archeological Museum, Thessaloniki (catalog)
2007 Critically in Between, "Art Athens" Art Fair, Helexpo, Athens (catalog)
2007 The Return of Memory: New Art from Russia, Art Museum Kumu, Tallinn
2007 Progressive Nostalgia: Contemporary Art from the Former USSR, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (catalog)
2007 9000 km (traveling project of the National Center for Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)
2007 Witnesses to the Impossible (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Center for the Arts, Moscow (catalog)
2007 Left Pop (Bringing It Back Home) (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)
2007 Petroliana (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)
2007 Partners in Crime, Gallery MC, New York (catalog)
2006 9000 km (traveling project of the National Center for Contemporary Art), European University in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (1st St. Petersburg Biennale of Contemporary Art); Kemerovo University Exhibition Hall, Kemerovo
2006 XI Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, Novy Manezh, Moscow (catalog)
2006 Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art, Sydney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, New York
2006 The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York 2006 Outsourced: Contemporary Russian Art, Current Gallery, Baltimore
2005 Artist & Arms, Mar's Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalog)
2005 Russia Redux #1, Schroeder Romero, New York
2005 Enemy Image, Momenta Art, New York 2005 X Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, Novy Manezh, Moscow (catalog)
2005 VI Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk (catalog)
2005 Post-Diasporas: Voyages and Missions (1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)
2005 Bring in the Clones, VertexList, New York
2004 The Presidency, Exit Art, New York
2004 Crude Oil Paintings, White Columns, New York (traveled to Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut) (catalog)
2004 ArtKliazma Festival
2004, Kliazma Reservoir Resort, Moscow (catalog)
2004 Artist & Arms, National Center for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad
2003 ArtKliazma Festival
2003, Kliazma Reservoir Resort, Moscow (catalog)
2003 D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival
2003, New York 2003 Brewster Project
2003, A Site-specific Contemporary Art Event, Brewster, New York
2002 Digital DUMBO, Mastel+Mastel Gallery, New York
2000 E-europe, The Bronx River Art Center, New York
1996 Soho Arts Festival 96, 420 West Broadway, New York
1996 Inverted Perspective, Eight Floor Gallery, New York (catalog)
1995 Art in the Anchorage 95, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage Museum, New York

Selected Publications
“Communist Guide to New York City,” Common Books, 2008
“Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist,” Progressive Nostalgia Exhibition Catalog, Centro per L’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci – Prato, 2007
“Lenin for Your Library?” Ante Projects, 2007
“Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹ 65/66, June 2007
“Nationalization of Galleries and Museums,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹ 64, February 2007
“Lenin for Your Library?” Russian Art in Translation/Ante ¹4, 2007
“For Critical Simulation,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹60, December 2005
“At the Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹58/59, September 2005
“Blood of a Hacking Body,” Magazinnik, ¹5, 2005
“Post-diaspora: Statement and Premonition,” Moscow Art Magazine, English Digest 1993-2005, 2005
“No Eyes,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹57, April 2005
“Blood of a Hacking Body,” Post-diaspora Exhibition Catalog, 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2005 “Representation and Legitimation,” ARTmargins, December 2005
“Interview with Vladimir Paperny,” ARTmargins, February 2005
“Post-diaspora: Statement and Premonition”, Moscow Art Magazine, ¹56, December 2004
“Vy Da Vy”, Moscow Art Magazine, ¹54, September 2004
“Quick Start Guide for Double-Detection” (with Ivan Razumov), Cabinet, ¹14, 2004
“Right to Speak for Post-diaspora,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹53, May 2004
“Post-Socialist Inventory,” Art Journal, ¹2, Summer 2004
“Net.Art of Protest,” Moscow Art Magazine, ¹53, December 2003
“ArtKliazma,”, September 2003
“Post-Diaspora: Notes on the Second World’s Exile, Postmodernism, and Diaspora Nationalism,” pH Magazine, ¹3, 2003

Selected Bibliography

Philipe Dagen, “The Song of Russia,” Le Monde, Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 February 2009
Sydney J. Beveridge "De-fetishizing Lenin Kitsch,” Thing Theory, February 3, 2009
Lori Cole, ARTFORUM on-line Critics' Picks, January 26, 2009
Michael Harvey, “Yevgeniy Fiks,” Art in America, January 2009
Paddy Johnson, "Yevgeniy Fiks at Winkleman Gallery,", October 2, 2008
Catherine Spaeth, "All in One Day: The Gallery Give-Away in Changing Economies,", September 29, 2008
Daniel Larkin, "The Russian Soldier," ArtCal Zine, September 19, 2008
Colby Chamberlain, ARTFORUM on-line Critics' Picks, September 2008
Yaelle Amir , "Lenin Re-Commodified," ArtSlant New York, September 2008
Linda Park, “Future without Utopia”, ARTmargins, July 2008
Olga Kopenkina and Yevgeniy Fiks, “Legally Soviet: A Conversation,” Rethinking Marxism, July 2008
Olga Kopenkina, “Communist History, Unclassified,” Afterimage, May/June 2008
Ilya Budraitskis, “America’s “Other”, Moscow Art Magazine, #67/68, May 2008
Olga Kopenkina, “Introducing Yevgeniy Fiks”, Modern Painters, May 2008
Pernilla Holmes, “Blast from the Past,” ARTnews, January 2008
Editorial, “Little-Read Book,” Harper’s, January 2008
Ilya Budraitskis, “Communist Party USA: Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks”,, November 2007
Yulia Tikhonova, “Communists with a Human Face”, Political Journal, ¹ 30 (173), October 2007
Olga Kopenkina, “Solitude of Collectivity”, Documenta 12 Magazines Online Journal, June 2007
Olga Kopenkina, “Corporate Face Off” in Lenin for Your Library? from Ante Projects, June 2007
Anna Malpas, “The Party Never Stopped”, The Moscow Times, June 8, 2007
Alexey Yuriev, “Communism Is Dead. But Communists Are Alive”, Moscow News, June 1, 2007
Editorial, "Thoroughly Modern Moscow", Financial Times, March 5, 2007
Antti Lahde, “Maistuuko Lenin McDonald’sille?” Aamulehti, February 1, 2007
Olga Kopenkina, "Introducing... Yevgeniy Fiks", NYFA Current, February 2007
Santtu Palm, “Lenin Matkasi Sahkopostissa Museonsa Seinalle,” Tori, January 24, 2007
Yulia Tikhonova, "In Conversation with Yevgeniy Fiks", ARTmargins, January 2007
Cindy Stockton Moore, "Lenin, Libraries, and Legacies: An Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks",, # 18, Winter 2007
Exhibition Reportage, TV Channel "Russia", September 7, 2006
Georgiy Litichevskiy, "Utopicheskoe Pervorodstvo", Moscow Art Magazine, #61/62, May 2006
Olga Kopenkina, "Odinochestvo Kollektivizma", Moscow Art Magazine, #61/62, May 2006
 Anastasiya Mitushina, "Songs of Russia", ARTmargins, May 2006
Yuliya Rakhimkulova, "21st Century Leniniana", Vecherniy Krasnoyarsk, April 19, 2006
Dena Shottenkirk, "Art and Politics: Russia Redux", ARTmargins, January 2006
Diana Baldon, ARTFORUM on-line Critics' Picks, January 2006
"Svobodnoie Vremya", Domashniy Channel TV, January 13, 2006
"Sots Realism Made in USA…",, December 22, 2005
Nick Stillman, "Samoderzhavnie Sandvichi V Chernobolskoi Zone", Moscow Art Magazine, #60, December 2005
Interview, Kultura TV Channel, December 24, 2005
Isabelle Dupuis, "Russia Redux /Schroeder Romero Gallery", NY Arts, November 2005
Holland Cotter, "Enemy Image", New York Times, October 7, 2005
Eduard Rusakov,"Khudozhniki Muzeichikov Pobedili?" Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy, July 6, 2005
Interview, Siberian TV Network, June 2005
John Kelsey, "Russian Front: The Moscow Biennale", ARTFORUM, April 2005
Anastasiya Mitushina, "Bon Voyage!", Moscow Art Magazine, #57, April 2005
 Joyce Man, "Dark Diasporas", The Moscow Times, February 18, 2005
Irina Kulik, "Feminists and Immigrants at the Museum on Petrovka", Kommersant, February 4, 2005
Elena Sorokina, "The Art of Protest in American Galleries", JungeKunst, #61, January-March 2005
Interview, NTV Network, November 2004
Inga Melnikova, "War on a Tray", Chelyabinskiy Rabochiy, July 14, 2004