Vikentiy Nilin and Dmitry Prigov

nilin_08_0nilin_08_00Born in Moscow in 1971. 1990 – 1995 studied in The Russian State Institute of Cinematography (did not receive a degree). Is involved in his own projects within the sphere of current art. Solo exhibitions: “Women” – special project within the framework of “Art-Moscow”, “Revisited” – “XL GALLERY”, Moscow. Works held in collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (permanent exposition), the Museum of the Moscow House of Photography, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (permanent exposition), the State Centre of Contemporary Art.

The project The Dolt

The work represents a series made out of several light boxes with black and white photographs. A middle-aged intelligent man, who lives in a panel-built nine storey block, is portrayed in the photographs. The role of the model was played by D. A. Prigov, and the photographer – by V. Nilin.
The unpredictable Prigov in Nilin’s photographs.
The tandem of classic Russian conceptualism, Dmitri Alexsandrovich Prigov and the young eccentric art-photographer Vikentiy Nilin, is notaccidental. The interest in contemporary photography and playing with the phenomenon of photography united them.
These photo-performances bring the genre of staged photography to the point of absurdity. The artists are interested not so much in what they create using their author’s will, but more in that which remains outside their control, – what Roland Barthes called punktum in contrast to the deliberately obvious stadium. It is clear that the set of situations, the décor, props and also these chance happenings are well thought out, but the artists do not give the slightest hint, leaving complete freedom for interpretation.

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