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EVCFE «et verbum caro factum est»

Anna Nova Gallery, Saint-Petersburg September / November 2016

Solo Exhibition

In the end of September Anna Nova gallery presents a new project of Pavel Brat. In his previous works the artist experimented with collages; he created a three-dimensional relief from glossy magazine pages, making allusions to the iconography, religion and cultural history. Now he turns to working with objects. The artist creates abstract shapes, reminding images of the plant world, from sheets of paper and covers them by mortar (the composition of which he prefers to keep secret).

The quote from the Gospel of John, which gave the name to the whole exhibition, is not a call to look for hidden religious meanings in the objects, but rather, a literal description of what the spectator sees in front of them: the books, created by the artist, become unique artifacts, mythical creatures.

"So now, more than a year has passed since I changed my attitude and approach to the images that I create. One day, having transformed creative processes in a chain of some successive experiments, similar to a scientific research, I turned my workshop into a real laboratory. The laboratory where I began solving very classic and modest alchemical problems: the conversion of non-living matter into living one.

For the experiments I created pieces of flesh, from thin sheets of paper collected in a hardcover and fastened by bright red covers. These books were my guinea pigs. The result of my experiments was an essay on the fear of death, disclosed in the images of mythical creatures, put to death in the course of rituals, saved and displayed in the form of exhibits inside their myth "(Pavel Brat, the artist)

Pavel Brat (born in 1987, in Voronezh) experiments with paper, studying its properties and relations with other materials. From collages he went on to three-dimensional shapes, creating objects and reliefs from dense books and magazines sheets. He participated in many group and solo exhibitions, such as "Body weight" (Triumph gallery, Moscow), "Icons" (PERMM Museum in Perm, the art space Tkachi, St. Petersburg), in the center of Dukley Gardens ( Montenegro), The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), in Erarta gallery (St. Petersburg, London, Hong Kong), in the White Box gallery (New York, the USA), in the SRC Winzavod (Moscow) and others. Lives and works in St. Petersburg.


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12.00 - 19.00


Hå gamle prestegard June 2016 / August 2016

Group Exhibition

Dmitry Vrubel & Victoria Timofeeva, Pavel Brat, Dmitry Gutov, Nikolai Makarov, Arsen Savadov, Gor Chahal, Olga Tobreluts, Blue Noses (Aleksandr Shaburon, Vyacheslav Mizin), Recycle (Andrei Blokhin, Georgy Kuznetsov), Andriy Bazyuta, Oleg Kulik.

Deltakarane i utstillinga IKON er kunstnarar og kunstnargrupper frå Russland og Ukraina. Kunstnarane nyttar religion som motiv i sin kunst både ved å referere til klassiske ikon frå russisk-ortodoks kristen tradisjon, klassisk gresk mytologi, samt verdslege ikon frå populærkulturen. Fleire av kunstnarane i utstillinga er anerkjente, somme òg kontroversielle. Etter oppløysinga av Sovjetunionen har den russiske offentligheita, både politisk og religiøst, gått i ei meir konservativ retning. Berre det å nytte forma ikon i samtidskunsten blir for mange oppfatta som ein provokasjon. Med religion og ikon som tema ønskjer Hå gamle prestegard og kurator Marat Gelman å opne for dialog mellom kunst og religion og utfordre vår oppfatting av, og forhold til, ikon og førebilete. I perioden juni til august vil det være arrangement som tek opp tema rundt dette.

Ein del av utstillinga føregår i ein av bunkersane på Obrestad fyr. Her syner Andriy Bazyuta prosjektet Bunker of Mysteries. Her har kunstnaren teke utgangspunkt i Knut Hamsun si bok Mysterier. Resultatet er ein interaktiv 3D projeksjon der publikum blir invitert til å vera med å påverke opplevinga av verket.

Kurator: Marat Gelman.

Utstillinga står til 28. august.

Arrangement og utstilling i samband med IKON er støtta av Fritt ord.

© Foto by Asle Haukland



White Box New-York December 2015 / January 2016

Group Exhibition

Recycling Religion examines the role of religion in Russia and Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Soviet empire. Paradoxically in the modern age, the once repressed and dormant Orthodox Church has evolved in the past quarter century to become an intrinsic and powerful extension of the State, commanding broad influence over life beyond its purely spiritual role.

From art and entertainment to dress code, and numerous other aspects of personal behavior, this essentially anachronistic religion insinuates its moralizing, oppressive influence and rancid style into life at large.

In the case of art, the Church goes to extreme lengths to impose and control popular taste, to the inevitable disgust of a new generation of artists—a stellar and representative group of which is represented in this exhibition—who dare to employ Orthodox imagery and symbolism to undermine the established religious canon and the dystopia it fosters in harness with state power.

To such artists, the Church is but a hollow vessel that sustains itself only with elaborate stage sets and costumes, outdated ritual, and severe moralizing. However, it is their contention that while the regurgitated apparatus of the official Church represents a moribund ideology, it serves also as a foil by which art can transcend tradition and discover the new-within-the-old.

This subterfuge is depicted vividly, and in fact compassionately, in this exhibition, in which, through installation, performance, video, and graphic art, the conservative and radical poles of post-Soviet society are shown to in fact interact. As one allegedly spiritual force engages in tearing the world apart while pretending to mend it, another, more pragmatic, biological force appeals to the need to rebuild society out of the ruins of Orthodoxy, thus recycling religion, rather than eradicating it entirely.

Marat Guelman / Juan Puntes.

Recycling Religion Artists

Pussy Riot, Oleg Kulik, Dmitri Gutov, Iija Soskic,Jelena Tomasevic, Recycle Group, Alexander Kosolapov, Duke Riley + Mac Premo, Federico Solmi, Robert Priseman, ANVIL Collective, Electroboutique,Vladimir Kozin, Pavel Brat, Arsen Savadov

Recycling Religion is supported in part by Dukley European Art Community, Martin C. Liu and WhiteBox board members

The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts

Special thanks to Postmasters Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, and Magnan Metz GallerySpecial thanks to media sponsor artnet


ART BASEL MIAMI / Recycling Religion

WhiteBox | New York presents in collaboration with Dukley Art Center | Montenegro / December 2016

Location: Deauville Parking Garage | 6625 Indian Creek Drive Miami Beach, FL
Recycling Religion, curated by Juan Puntes and Marat Guelman, is a group exhibition, installation, new media and performance by a radical group of Eastern European Artists and select Western counterparts.

As the post Soviet Block countries have been shedding their eight decades’ long Communist ideology, the element of Faith has replaced it. In a paradoxical, unwarranted mode, the once dormant Orthodox Church has become an intrinsic part of ‘The State,’ overseeing all aspects of life well beyond the spiritual. From dress code, to art and entertainment, to life and love at large, religion attempts to impose upon the people it’s old moral, oppressive behavior and rancid style… little escapes it. In doing so, what may have once been spiritual about the Church has now become a dead-end victim of activating past anachronisms upon a present future.

The exhibition-project Recycling Religion leans more on the actual act of ‘Recycling’ than on ‘Religion’ per se. Ironically, the underlying topic of this diverse, striking multi-media art and performance proposal is the gauging contemporary artists’ use of the shell of “dead ideologies.” Susceptible to the frailty of the traditional artist, a simple twist of fate becomes prey to the ‘New’ even though ‘de novo’ may have its origins in the ‘Old’.

The curators purposefully selected this dystopic theme as a reflection of the present-day world, inviting a select, radical milieu of contemporary artists to comment upon, through installation, video, performance and new technologies, two forces. One force engages in tearing the world apart while pretending to mend life, the other, emulating our physical biology, bringing forth the need for reconstruction from the ‘spent’. The works these terrific, singular artists come up with will thrill any and all contemporary art public.

Artists List

Pussy Riot, Pavel Brat, Alexander Kosolapov, Alex Melamid, Electroboutique, Robert Priseman, Vladimir Kozin, Dmitry Gutov, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Arsen Savadov, Ilija Šoškić, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Jelena Tomasevic and Andriy Bazyuta

*More artists to be announced



Erarta Gallery London October 2014 / November 2014

Solo Exhibition

Erarta Galleries Londonis pleased to present Dominion by top, young Petersburg artist Pavel Brat. Following hugely successful exhibitions at Erarta Galleries St. Petersburg and Zurich, Brat brings to London pieces in his renowned style along with works from his latest series Paradosis.
Erarta's mission is to bring people closer to contemporary art. Erarta believes art can become an important part of everyone's life, one that makes it more interesting and happy.

© Foto by Erarta Gallery London

Body Mass

Triumph Gallery August 2013 / September 2013

Solo Exhibition

"Trained as a graphic designer, Pavel Brat works as he was taught, with printed publications. But he is by no means a designer in the usual sense of this word. As representatives of this profession are meant to, Pavel works with visual-communicative environments, but he approaches them in a highly artistic manner. Here we could engage in lengthy and highly dubious discussions of why design isn’t art or why, on the contrary, art is design, but that’s not what is important here. What’s important is that Brat, a graphic designer by education creates attractive and very adequate objects for the interior from paper on a firm aluminum base. At the same time, the Brat who is an artist by calling, manages to upend all concepts and techniques, sharply breaking off the usual train of thought followed by the viewer. Let’s just run through this in order...

© Foto by Triumph Gallery