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Lectures/exhibition at the White Space Gallery

22nd April 2003

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Oleg Kulik: Memento Mori

15 – 31 May 2003

Open Mon – Fri, 11- 6, Sat 11- 5
White Space Gallery St Peter’s, Vere Street (off Oxford Street), London
W1G ODQ Tube: Bond Street Tel. 07949 100 956 or 0208 740 4675
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Programme of events (booking essential):
14 May, 19.30
Lecture by Oleg Kulik ‘To Lick or to Bite’. Introduction by Sarah Wilson,
reader in post graduate studies of contemporary art, including
performance, at The Courtauld Institute, University of London. She curated
‘Paris Capital of the Arts’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and at
The Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao.

22 May, 19.00
Lecture by Edward Lucie-Smith and screening of Kulik’s famous
performances: ‘I bite America and America bites me’ and ‘Interpol’. Edward
Lucie-Smith is one of the best-known writers today on international
contemporary art. He is an author of three celebrated books, ?Art Today?,
?Movements in Art since 1945?, and most recent ?Art Tomorrow?.

White Space Gallery is pleased to present, for the first time in London,
photographic works by the Russian artist Oleg Kulik.The exhibition will
include the series ‘Dead Monkeys’, 12 black and white portraits of stuffed
monkeys, and a video screening of his most famous performances.

For the past 10 years, Oleg Kulik has been working on a body of works
called ‘Zoophrenia’, in which the artist, mainly through actions,
performances and photographs, explores the subject of ‘the animal as human
being’ alter-ego, or, ‘the animal as a non-anthropomorphous Other’. Kulik
proposes a new vision of the ‘Family of the Future’ in which the dog, and
other animals, are partners to a man. Within the framework of his
programme Kulik is attempting a radical rethink of the languages of human
culture” (Mila Bredikhina, art critic). In his quest, the artist has gone
as far as to the Natural History Museum. ‘Dead Monkeys’, is one of his
most important photographic series. The close-ups of the monkeys face
doesn’t reveal whether they are alive or dead. Kulik therefore takes the
spectator to the ultimate border between life and death.

Kulik, has attained international recognition with his now famous
performances as a dog (‘Mad Dog’, ‘Reservoir Dog’, ‘I bite America and
America bites me’). Most of these performances were held in public spaces
and were routinely stopped by the police. The artist has performed and
shown his work throughout the world, notably at the Venice Biennale in
2001. In the UK Kulik’s performances have been seen very recently at the
Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (‘Two Kuliks’, 2001), and at Tate Modern in
London ( ‘Armadillo For Your Show’, March 2003 ). His work was also seen
at the Freud Museum (‘The Russian Patient’ exhibition, September 2002). He
is exhibiting his new work at the Venice Biennale 2003.

‘Kulik is one of the most radical and profound artists working today?.
Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery.

The exhibition was curated by Anya Stonelake and Nana Zhvitiashvili.
Sponsor: Baltgazcomplectimpex.
For further information and images contact Anya Stonelake on 0208 740 46
75 or at [removed]

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