2021, Berlin
 

Sergey Shabohin is an artist, independent curator, author of texts about art, archivist and researcher of Belarusian culture, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Kalektar research platform for contemporary Belarusian art, member of the working group of the OpenMuzej initiative, founder and editor-in-chief of Art Aktivist portal about activism and contemporary Belarusian art.

Owner of Gray Mandorla Studio space in Poznan. Curator and co-curator of several exhibitions, programs, and competitions, Belarusian art activist, author of lectures, creator of dozens of cultural initiatives, co-founder of cultprotest.me, initiator of the program aimed at creating a Museum of Contemporary Art in Belarus. The artist is also involved in interdisciplinary practices: directing films and performances, collaborating with musicians and theatergoers, and acting as a DJ.

Born in Navapolack (Belarus). Lives and works in Poznan and Berlin.



Sergey Shabohin regularly resorts to the method of archiving, accumulating digital and analog archival collections – sometimes total collections of objects and images. To prepare his works he often constructs glossaries, uses "A4" quasi-office aesthetics, and develops the concept of forming author's traveling museums. In order to establish a research archive (and museum in the future), Sergey Shabohin created the Kalektar platform, which collects, analyzes and publishes the history of Belarusian contemporary art as a digital encyclopedia.

Sergey Shabohin is a queer artist, often referring in his works to the anti-patriarchal fem- and queer-optics, the codes of the LGBTQ+ community and the aspect of sexuality. Corporeality, biopolitics, and the category of the "social body" are frequent topics reflected in his works. His artistic language is particularly sensitive to the injustices and problems of invisible and disadvantaged communities, as well as to the theme of displaced and invisible history/memories, which he tries to identify and bring back into the public context.

The artist resorts to interdisciplinary practices: in addition to visual art, he regularly works with the spheres of theater, film and music, and actively interacts with representatives of both the art system and civic activists, philosophers and writers. He uses a wide multimedia toolkit: graphic, pictorial, sculptural and photographic practices, works with found objects and images, creates videos and installations, and works with text and narrativity.

In the 2010s, on the wave of civil society activity, he manifested the need to switch from partisan strategies in Belarusian art to art activism, for which he launched the Art Aktivist portal, which during three years raised the most topical issues and contributed to the politicization of Belarusian art. During this period, the artist completely rejected graphic and pictorial practices, using deliberately poor anti-esthetics and activist strategies, proclaiming his own slogans, criticizing the art system, actively giving lectures on contemporary art (also illegally at the Belarusian Academy of Art). Sergey Shabohin is ranked among the leaders of the generation of young Belarusian artists of the first half of the 2010s for his work and activism.

In 2016, the artist emigrated from Belarus, and since then has lived and worked in Bialystok, Warsaw, Poznan and Berlin. During this time, he has reflected on migration, borders, and bureaucracy in adapting to the new political conditions and actively integrating into the environment, interacting with local colleagues. In 2021, he opened Gray Mandorla Studio in Poznan. In 2020, on the wave of protest movement in Belarus, together with Maksim Tyminko, he developed a resource with protest posters cultprotest.me, which also became a space for anti-war posters during the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022. Since 2023, he has been a member of the working group for the project to create a nomadic museum of Belarusian contemporary art, OpenMuzej.




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︎General biography      ︎Awards      ︎Residences      ︎Solo exhibitions      ︎Group shows      ︎Curatorial projects        




General biography


1984
Born in Novopolotsk (Belarus)

2001–2016
Lives and works in Minsk

2000–2003
Studies at Republican College of Art in Minsk
 
2004–2009
Studies at Belarusian State Academy of Arts in Minsk

2009–2013
Curator and co-curator of some exhibitions and programs in Ў Gallery in Minsk

2011–2014
Founder and editor in chief of the portal of contemporary Belarusian art and activism Art Aktivist

Since 2015
Co-founder and editor in chief of the platform of contemporary Belarusian art Kalektar

2016–2020
Lives and works in Warsaw and Bialystok 
Since 2020
Lives and works in Poznań and Berlin
Since 2021
Founder and owner Gray Mandorla Studio in Poznań
Since 2023
Member of the working group of the OpenMusej project


Awards


2019
MPM Bureau AwardNomination: Photography curator of the year for Ana Loktionova
Exhibition Sergey Shabohin: 18 / Practices of Subordination, Canteen XYZ, Minsk, Belarus  / curator: Ana Loktionova

2018
Rada Award. Nomination: Best Art Project 2018 
Exhibition Sergey Shabohin: 18 / Practices of Subordination, Canteen XYZ, Minsk, Belarus  / curator: Ana Loktionova

2011
Artvilnius’11 festival. Nomination: Best Project of Foreign Gallery (Ў Gallery, Minsk, Belarus)
Exhibition She Cannot Say Heaven, Vilnius, Lithuania  / curators: Valentina Kiselyova, Alexey Lunev, Sergey Shabohin
 
2009
Winner of the pavilion: The Belarusian Hall 53 Venice Biennale. Nominations: The Jury’s Choice & The Choice of Viewers
Belexpo, Minsk, Belarus




Residences


+ plein air and stipend

July 20 – August 27, 2023
Berlin: the Thirst for Freedom (residence), Goethe-Institut, Berlin, Germany 
1 – 8 August, 2022
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (residence) JunОst in Bayern. Summer International Theater Academy in Munich, Munich, Germany
 4 – 12 May, 2022
Rezi.dance (residence) Rezi.dance, Komařice, Czech Republic

 12 – 27 July, 2021
Social Marble: Nationalization of Freedom (residence) Rosa Stern Space, Munich, Germany

 6 – 15 April, 2021
375 0908 2334 (residence), Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit, Berlin, Germany 

5 – 15 February, 2021
375 0908 2334 (residence), Klub Storrady, Szczecin, Poland

15 – 27 June, 2020
Landscape as a Monument (online residence), Izolytsia, Kyiv, Ukraine

11 – 22 September, 2019
Forum Regionum (residence), Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture, Dnepr, Ukraine 

25 – 29 July, 2019
Contexts 2019 / IX International Festival of Ephemeral Art (festival and plein air), Sokołowsko, Poland

November 20 – December 20, 2018
Slavs & Tatars studio (residence), Berlin, Germany 

20 – 28 August, 2017
Shadow of Freedom, within Paradzhanov Festival (festival and plein air), Suputnik place, Lviv, Ukraine
 
18 – 24 September, 2017
Art Prosрect (festival and plein air), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

5 – 18 July, 2017
ПУСТ* (research and plein air), Minsk and Belavezha Forest, Belarus

7 – 10 August, 2017
Astravec of Culture (ecological plein air), Astravec, Belarus

February 1 – July 31, 2016
Gaude Polonia (stipend), Warsaw, Poland  / curator: Sarmen Beglarian

September 12 – Oktober 9, 2016
ПУСТ*, ZKM (residence), Karlsruhe, Germany

01 – 30 September, 2013
The East of Culture / Another Dimension, Galeria Arsenal (residence), Bialystok, Poland  / curator: Monika Szewczyk




Solo exhibitions


+ total and public art installations, solo shows in duets and groups, performances

2023
Sergey Shabohin: Atlas of Tectonic Landscapes (solo), Arsenal, Poznań  / curator: Marek Wasilewski
We are Stern Consumers of Cultural Revolutions (solo), The ING Polish Art Foundation / Podgląd gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Alexey Lunev and Sergey Shabohin: Queer Tracing Paper (in duet), Barbara Baryżewska gallery, Warsaw, Poland  / curator: Andrii Dostliev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (2 performances) / The Week Against Torture, Vilnius, Lithuania  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (2 performances) / Theater­festival Spielart, Munich, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (1 performance) / Malta Festiwal, Poznań, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (6 performances) / Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (3 performances) / Opener 2023, Gdynia, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Munich, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Spring Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht, Holland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (2 performances) / Theatertreffen, Berlin, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (3 performances) / Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
2022
Social Marble: Plate Tectonics (solo), within the framework of the festival Artisterium’15, Cube in Context, Tbilisi, Georgia
Sergey Shabohin & Christoph Ogiermann: Practises of Subordination (in duet), Eclat Festival / Konzert 13, Theaterhaus Stuttgart,  Germany  / curator: Lena Prents
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (5 performances) / Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (1 performance) / Prague Pride, Prague, Czech  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
Ich heiße Frau Troffea (1 performance) / JunОst in Bayern. Summer International Theater Academy in Munich, Munich, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / WOK Lab, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Florian teatro Festival, Pescara, Italy  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Placcc Festival, Budapest, Hungary  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Minsk&Minga Festival, Munich, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Homo Novus Festival, Riga, Latvia  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (2 performances) / Internationale Tanzmesse nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Zürcher Theater Spektakel Festival, Zürich, Switzerland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (2 performances) / Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo, Italy  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Bliski Wschód Festival, Lublin, Poland / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Contemporary Art Days, Bialystok, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Побач. Independent Art from Belarus Festiva, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (3 performances) / Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
2021
Sergey Shabohin. Social Marble: Nationalization of Freedom (solo), Rosa Stern Space, Munich, Germany  / curator: Lena Prents
Sergey Shabohin & Christoph Ogiermann: Practices of Subordination cycle: Score (in duet), festival Echoes. Voices from Belarus, Stuttgart, Germany
Naród sobie: Green Christmas Star (solo), Teatr Polski, Poznan, Poland 
Social Marble: Cover (public art installation), XIII public art festival Open City, Lublin, Poland  / curator: Andrei Dureika
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / International Divine Comedy Theatre Festival, Krakow Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Kutna Hora Performing Arts Festival, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (3 performances) / International contemporary dance festival New Baltic Dance, Vilnius, Lithuania  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (3 performances) / Klub Storrady, Szczecin, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Haus der Statistik, Berlin, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (2 performances) / Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit, Berlin, Germany  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
375 0908 2334. The body you are calling is currently not available (performance) / Generation After 5. Showcase, Nowy Teatr, Warsaw, Poland  / director: Sergey Shabohin, performer: Igor Shugaleev
2020
Social Marble: the Rise of Civil Society in Belarus (solo), House der Statistic, Berlin, Germany

Social Marble: Scenery (solo), square in front of the Teatr Polski, Poznan, Poland  / curator: Agata Siwiak


 
Sergey Shabohin and Paweł Matyszewski: Styk (duet), KH Space, Brest, Belarus
  
Greenhouse Conditions (total installation), Congress-Performance of Cultural Workers, Lo-Fi Social Club, Minsk, Belarus 
 
ST()RE #11: Blind Window (total installation), Forum Regionum, Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture, Dnepr, Ukraine
 
Fear of Castration (total installation) for exhibition We Will Not Change Our Show, Brno House of Art, Brno, Czech 
 
2018
Sergey Shabohin: 18 / Practices of Subordination (solo), Canteen XYZ, Minsk, Belarus  / curator: Ana Loktionova
 
2017
Sergey Shabohin: Divided Solidarity (solo), during the festival Artes Liberales 2017, Ў Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

PUST* (in a group), Berthold Centre, Saint Petersburg, Russia  / with: Yuri Akbalkan, Volna group, Isadorino Gore Dance co-op

ST()RE #8, (public art installation) for festival Art Prosрect, Gareyev Botanical Garden, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  / curators: Muratbek Djumaliev, Gulnara Kasmalieva

Practices of Subordination, (total installation) for exhibition White-Red-White. Contemporary Belarusian Art, CSW Toruń, Torun, Poland  +catalog

Wozu Poesie? (solo), Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, Germany

Wozu Poesie? (solo), Cultural Literacy in Europe Second Biennial Conference, Warsaw, Poland

2016
Sergey Shabohin: Practices of Subordination (solo), Galeria Arsenal Power station, Bialystok, Poland  / curator: Lena Prents  +catalog

PUST* (in a group), ZKM, Kubus space, Karlsruhe, Germany  / with: Yuri Akbalkan, Alexandra Portyannikova, Snezhana Vinogradova

Wozu Poesie? (solo), StAnza Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland

2015
ST()RE #6, (total installation) for exhibition All That Is Solid Melts into Air, Bogdanovich Museum, Minsk, Belarus

Gold Censorship, (public art installation) for Art Prospect festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2014
Wozu Poesie? (solo), City Library Malmö, Sweden

Wozu Poesie? (solo), Umeå International Literary Festival, Umeå, Sweden

2013
Wozu Poesie? (solo), Akademie der