Artist Talk Spartak Khachanov at HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
In December 2018, the work of the emerging artist Spartak Khachanov was destroyed at the thesis show of the National Academy of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine. Khachanov had made a large-scale sculptural installation depicting a militarized parade of phalluses in the hall of the academy to reflect on the Russian invasion in Ukraine. The pacifist installation was condemned by Vladimir Kharchenko, a professor at the academy who considered it inappropriate for the sensitive topic of the war to be displayed in such an ironic way. He subsequently expressed his critique by seeing to the physical destruction of the sculptures. As a result, the artist (a refugee from Donetsk, Ukraine who traveled in Kyiv to study art) was also expelled from the academy.
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