Vladislav Shapovalov (1981) is an artist and researcher living and working in Milan and Moscow. He graduated in Cultural Studies in Moscow and received his MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. He was a member of the art-group Radek Community (1999-2007). Since 2008 he has been working independently on projects that focus on rethinking images, cultural artefacts and the construction of narratives as a way to construe and analyse geopolitical configurations.

He was a fellow in the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2016–2017 at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck.

The book dedicated to his long-term project Image Diplomacy was awarded a grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and will be published by Mousse publishing in Autumn 2019.

Solo

Image Diplomacy, curated by Sarp Renk Özer, 16 November – 31 December 2018, AVTO, Istanbul
Image Diplomacy, curated by Emanuele Guidi, 1 December 2017 – 10 February 2018, Ar/ge Kunst, Bolzano, Italy
Image Diplomacy, curated by Anna Ilchenko, 16 November 2017 – 25 January 2018, Moscow Museum of Modern Art with V-A-C Foundation, Moscow

Selected group exhibitions

The Fabric of Felicity, curated by Valentin Diaconov, Iaroslav Volovod and Ekaterina Lazareva, 12 September 2018 – 27 January 2019, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Holes In The Wall. Anachronic Approaches To The Here-And-Now, curated by Gudrun Ratzinger, 7 February – 25 March 2018, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
A Thousand Roaring Beasts: Display Devices For A Critical Modernity, curated by Olga Fernández López, 20 October 2017 – 4 March 2018, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (catalogue)
Was Tun?!, curated by Petra Gerschner, Aspekte Galerie, Munich, Germany, 2017
Looking At The Present Through Rear-View Mirrors, curated by Andrei Siclodi, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria, 2017
Atlas [of the ruins] of Europe, curated by Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga and José Riello, CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadania, Madrid, 2016
Uncanny Formations, curated by Andrei Siclodi, Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria, 2016
Fear. The Origin of the State, curated by Fedor Blašák and Christian Kobald, Nová synagóga / Kunsthalle Žilina, Slovakia, 2015
The School of Kyiv. Kyiv Biennial, curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schollhammer, Kyiv, 2015
Sources Go Dark, curated by Valerio Borgonuovo and Silvia Franceschini, Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2015
Screenings
Image Diplomacy, in "Komplexe Bilder 4: De/Konstruktionen", curated by Maia Gusberti, 4 June 2019, Kino REX, Bern, Switzerland
FOTO WIEN, Festival Headquarters, 23 March 2019, Vienna
Image Diplomacy, 19 December 2018, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Besides the Screen. Vaults, Archives, Clouds and Platforms: Archiving and Preservation in the 21st Century, 2 – 3 July 2018, King’s College, London and 5 – 6 July 2018, CIAC-ISMAI, Porto

Symposia curated

Exhibitions of Influence. Display and Film as Political Medium, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria, 30 May 2017. Speakers: Susan Reid (Loughborough University), Oksana Sarkisova (Central European University), Anna Ladinig (University of Innsbruck)

Lectures, public talks and conferences

Forgotten Internationalism & Filmmakers of the World, Unite!, National Gallery in Prague / Tranzit, 14 December 2017
Between Diplomacy and Dissidence: Politics of Exhibition and Curatorial Positioning During the Cold War, Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s), University of Barcelona, 13 December 2017
Image Diplomacy. Vladislav Shapovalov in conversation with Erika Balsom, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 18 November 2017
Image Diplomacy: Archives That Were Never Meant To Be Kept, The 5th Garage International Conference "The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness", Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 13-14 October 2017
Image Diplomacy, Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria, 21 October 2016
Archives in Contemporary Art: Artist as Researcher and Artistic Practices within the Archives, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 27 November 2015
Future Present. Archives in an Expanded Field, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, 18 June 2014
Focus East, official programme of Bologna Art Fair, Bologna, Italy, 28 January 2014
Archive in Art-Practice, Baza Institute, Moscow, 16 December 2013

Press

On the Circulation of Images. Essay by Gudrun Ratzinger, Camera Austria International No. 145, March 2019, pp. 23–34. (.pdf)
– 222 Emerging Artists Worth Investing In / 222 artisti emergenti su cui investire, Exibart, 2019
The Cold War of Image Diplomacy. Conversation with Maria Abdulhamid. The Americana Issue, Archivio magazine, December 2018, p. 164–169. 
Image Diplomacy, review by Andrey Shental, Flash Art magazine, 9 February 2018
Image Diplomacy, press-release by Emanuele Guidi, Mousse magazine, 18 January 2018
The politics of exhibiting – The exhibiting of politics. Conversation with Elvira Vannini, Hotpotatoes, 10 January 2018 (in Italian)
Bringing communism back to Moscow. Conversation with Andrey Shental, Artgiude, 22 January 2018 (in Russian)
A Thousand Roaring Beasts: Display Devices For A Critical Modernity / Mil bestias que rugen. Dispositivos de exposición para una modernidad crítica, Edited by Olga Fernández López, CAAC, Seville, Spain, 2017 (exhibition catalogue)

Contact

vladis.shapovalov[at]gmail.com

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