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Project "Cocoon"
Material: Neural network
Project location: Cisterne Romane di Palazzo Acquaviva - Atri in Pescara, Italy
On the night of February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine. During the hostilities, many historical and monumental works of art were desecrated and destroyed. People try to save and protect art objects from Russian missiles using sandbags, metal sheets and slabs, or some other building materials. As a result, many historical monuments are visually transformed, and resemble outwardly the cocoon of insects.
The entire history of human civilization is full of wars and mutual destruction, conflicts and violence, due to which many nations, cultures and even civilizations have irrevocably disappeared into the black hole of history. However, in the process of its development, mankind not only destroyed, but also created works of art and culture. These works of art from the past remind us that the world is fragile and vulnerable. Many of them have not survived to our time. It is unfortunate that cultural heritage is still being destroyed in the 21st century.
In the first phase of the project I used photographs featuring sculptures from Ukraine covered with a protective shell resembling a cocoon. The photos show monuments from different cities of Ukraine: Kharkiv, Kyiv, Odessa. Most of them were taken by a friend of mine.
With the help of a programming language, special software was developed that trained a neural network using photos of historical objects in protective shells from Ukraine. The neural network finds images of monuments on the Internet, and performs a generative digital process. It does a cut-out from photos of Ukrainian monuments that are covered in a protective shell, and sticks this on top of other monuments, imitating light shapes, creating spider-like cocoons.
Out of the photos converted into cocoons, I plan to create 3D models of cocoons and print with 3D bioprinting, using biomaterials. This way I turn the cocoons into living organisms, living sculptures. To realize this phase of the project, I need to first do necessary research on bioprinting and biomaterials.
The "Cocoon" project is about the rebirth of humanity into something better. How a caterpillar turns into a chrysalis, to become a beautiful butterfly.
The project touches on today's dangerous situation hanging over humanity. It raises a question about democracy and freedom, and deals with the danger of the annihilation of mankind and life on the planet.
The project was conceived and developed in Finland. The first phase of it was supported by Fondazione ARIA, Pescara, Italy, with 5000 euros, and it was exhibited in Cisterne Romane di Palazzo Acquaviva - Atri in Pescara.
Joint project with Anastasia Khachanova
Material: Photo printing on fabric.
Size: 220x210 cm.
Place of organization: Peace Office, Helsinki, Finland, Gallery Myymälä2, Helsinki, Finland.
Joint project with Anastasia Khachanova
Project location: HIAP Open Studios / Autumn 2019, HIAP Gallery Augusta.
Material: Projectors, fabric, gypsum, paper.
Size: For this exhibition.
Material: Metal, speakers, audio mixers.
Size: 300cm-300cm-300cm.
Location: Gallery Rankka, Helsinki, Finland.

"The Cage" is a symbol of a dead body, of emptiness, of a lifeless corpse, where there's no more thought, no more life. "The Cage" is resistant for all wars. "The Cage" is a chance to remember. "The Cage" is freedom. During Spartak Khachanov's stay in the AR-residency on HIAP Suomenlinna, he studied Finnish history, with a particular focus on the Finnish Civil War. The battles fought over 103 years ago in Finland between "reds" and "whites" .
During the Russian era, the Suomenlinna(Viapo) fortress was not part of the Finnish Grand Duchy but was governed by Russia. Finland had declared independence on 6 December 1917, but Viapori was still under the command of Russians troops for some time. It was not transferred under the administration of the Finnish government until in the spring 1918 during the Finnish Civil War.
Towards the end of the war, the Whites set up a prison camp in Suomenlinna (Viapori) for Red prisoners, up to 8,000 of them. In the prison camp, Red prisoners were executed and some died of diseases due to the poor conditions in the fortress. The last prisoners were released in March 1919.

Material: Plastic, fat pate with garlic, viburnum, pig tails.
Size: S.
Location: Kyiv Media Academy (KAMA), Kyiv, Ukraine.

Material: G-10 gypsum.
The size: 1000 cm.
Project location: National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture 2018, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Penis Parade depicts a military parade comprising miniature gypsum soldiers, tanks and rocket carriers, in phallic form. Military occupations are an unreasonable waste of economic and human resources, carried out in order to show strength and to put fear in the people. The installation is made of gypsum G10 (mined in the city of Artemovsk, in the Donetsk region, where recent Russian-Ukrainian hostilities took place, on the border between the armed forces of Ukraine and the armed forces of the militia of the Donetsk People's Republic). Gypsum G10 is considered an expendable sculptural material, just as soldiers for most commanders are expendable—human life does not matter in the realm of war.

Following an exhibition of his new work at the Kyiv Academy of Fine Art (NOAM) in January 2019, where Khachanov was a 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 Kyiv 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.
Material: Plasticine, wood, metal.
The size: 300-300 cm.
Project location: Gallery "HLEB ZAVOD", Kyiv, Ukraine.

The project "Triumph of Death" is an auditory installation in which Justice's "Genesis" will be played in accompaniment with marching plasticine soldiers, tanks, and airplanes made of wood and metal. Remembering my childhood and how I understood war through the medium of mass information and Hollywood films will serve as the inspiration for this project. I used to model widespread war taking up the entirety of my childhood room where I served as the high commander or a little dictator creating and destroying armies at will. My installation will be a discotheque fueled by the sounds of tanks and bombarding planes. It will be a trance party in which, under narcotic and alcoholic influence, the main DJ is death.Gallery "Bread Factory" 2018, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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