Evgeny Molodtsov
Contemporary artist
photography
video
performance
installation
identity
self-identification
search/research
roots/origin
metageography
fluctuation
sincerity
metamodernism
Evgeny Molodtsov
Russian, born 1987 in Penza, based in Saint Petersburg
E-mail: emolodtsov@gmail.com
Tel.: +7 (967) 343-64-92
Website: emolodtsov.com/en

BIOGRAPHY
Born in 1987 in Penza, Russia. Earned degree in economics at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), faculty «World economy and world politics». Spend one year in Italy studying the culture and economics at the Bologna University. In 2010 became the member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia, in 2012 – the member of Russian Geographic Society. From 2012 live in Saint Petersburg and attend the Fotodepartament Institute contemporary photography course. In 2014 participate in the Parallel program of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art «Manifesta» (Saint Petersburg), hold Grand Prix of the International photofestival «Photoparade» contest (2016), win the contest «Young photographers of Russia» (2017). In 2015-2017 was honored with the Government award in the sphere of culture, the nomination of the Union of photographers of Russia.
The facts of my biography (frequent change of residence, loss of connection with a particular territory and roots) influenced a lot on the formation of my art practice and the theme of my projects. Studying the identity through the reconstruction, appropriation and performative practices, I try to reach the self-identification and understand what it means to be a Russian or someone else. In my projects, I rely on the idea of the return of society to the origins, the general concepts, in an attempt to understand for myself what is really important in defining oneself, one's identity and belonging to a social and cultural community.

EDUCATION
2012-2015 – Fotodepartament Institute, PostPhotography course. Saint Petersburg.
2011-2012 – University of Bologna (Italy), doctorate internship in Economics under Erasmus Mundus programme.
2004-2009 – National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), World Economy and World Politics faculty.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS
08-09.2018 – Personal exhibition "Metageography. Personal view". Gallery "Vorota". Kaliningrad.
08.2017 – Personal exhibition "Vepsian forest". International festival of photography "Photoparade in Uglich-2017". Uglich.
12.2016-02.2017 – Personal exhibition "Vepsian forest". Gallery "Fotodepartament". Saint Petersburg.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS
2018 – Presentation of the laboratory "Culture of the future". Interactive installation "Hologram". The Museum of St. Petersburg Art (20th–21st centuries). Saint Petersburg.
2018 – "Simulating of the space". Project "Linden". Berthold Center. Saint Petersburg.
2017 – "Young photographers of Russia". Project "Vepsian forest". Moscow, Russia.
2016 – Dummy of the project "Temple-200". The photobook exhibition "Special edition. Photobook in Russia". The Museum of Photography "Metenkov's house". Ekaterinburg.
2016 – Exhibition of media-art "Antimuseum". Project «Second Life Album». Electromuseum. Moscow.
2015 – Bitume Photofest. Loop corner. Project «Earth Herbarium». Italy.
2015 – Photofestival "Fotomania-2015". Final exhibition. Project "Temple-200". Kaliningrad.
2015 – "Well-timed". Project "Temple-200". Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA). Biennale «Fashion and Style in the photography-2015». Moscow.
2014 – "Well-timed". Project "Temple-200". Month of Photography in Minsk. Tseh gallery. Minsk, Belarus.
2014 – "Well-timed". Project "Temple-200". Gallery "Fotodepartament". Saint Petersburg.
2013 – Final exhibition of the International Photography Competition «PHOTOVISA 2013». Project «Earth Herbarium». Krasnodar, Russia.

CONTESTS/ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2015-2017 was honored with the Government award in the sphere of culture, the nomination of the Union of photographers of Russia.
2017 – Winner of the contest "Young photographers of Russia". Project "Vepsian forest". Moscow, Russia.
2016 – International photofestival «Photoparade». Grand Prix of the IVth Annual photo contest "Point on the map. Small towns". Project "Vepsian forest". Uglich, Russia.
2015 – International portfolio review. Choice of reviewers. Final show. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2013 – Finalist of the International Photography Competition «PHOTOVISA 2013». Project «Earth Herbarium». Krasnodar, Russia.

RESIDENCIES/TRAININGS
2018 – Multidisciplinary laboratory of trends prototyping "Culture of the future". ITMO University. Saint Petersburg.
2017 – Weekend Faculty. Field Research program. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow.
2014 – Residency «Photohouse». Parallel program of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art «Manifesta». Gallery "Fotodepartament". Saint Petersburg.

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS
Project «Vepsian forest». Issue 82 "Identity & Community". 2017.
Project «Earth Herbarium». Landscape stories №25 | Altered Landscape. 2017.

Project «Vepsian forest». Phosmag. 2017.
Project «Earth Herbarium». C41 Magazine. №3, 2016.
Article «From irony to sincerity». FMagazine. 2016.
Project «Earth Herbarium». Musée Magazine. №14, "Science". 2016.
Article «Appropriation in photography». FMagazine. 2015.
Residency «Photohouse». Catalog of the parallel program of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art «Manifesta». 2014.
Project «Earth Herbarium». Russian Reporter magazine. 2013.
Project «Earth Herbarium». Lens Culture. 2013.

ARTIST STATEMENT
In his projects Evgeny Molodtsov researches the theme of self-identification and identity, lays out the identity of the nation to the images and symbols ("Via Garibaldi" project), studies how the basic attributes of Russian culture are transformed (project "Temple 200"), tries to identify itself through the appropriation of another's identity (project "Vepsian forest"), in the project "Linden" Evgeny returns to his ancestral home and explores the processes of severing intergenerational ties and disrupting the continuity of a particular territory.. His works are multi-layered and often include not only photos and video, but also performances and installations, linked to a particular place. Thus, in the project "Vepsian forest" Evgeny infiltrated in abandoned Vepsian villages and using performative practice, tried to become one of the Vepsians to feel part of a vanishing people. The main question that the author raises in his projects - how through the study of identity, its deconstruction and appropriation, to come to self-identification and understanding of how the identity is transformed in the new modern "network" society of "tourists", in which a person begins to experience significant difficulties in determining its connection to a specific geographical place.