Viacheslav Poliakov

Viacheslav Poliakov (1986, Kherson) — Ukrainian artist. Graduated from Kherson State University as ateacher of fine arts.  During his final years at the University, joined the community around “Тотем” centre and got engaged in media arts. Viacheslav was deeply influenced by Stas Voliazlovsky, Max Afanasiev and Viacheslav Mashnitsky.  Works as graphic and motion- designer.

After 2012 Viacheslav has focused on photography. After the invitation by “Symbolum Sacrum Foundation”, moves to Lviv. There he met and started cooperating with Olena Subach. Author of photobooks “Backspaces” (self-published, 2018), “Lviv — God’s Will” (Overlapse, London, 2018), “ ‘Zhilpas of Janna Vozbrana” (self-published, 2020).

Viacheslav is the winner of “FoAm Talents” (Netherlands, 2017) and “Krakow Photomonth Showoff” (Poland, 2017), finalist of “Łódź Fotofestiwal Grand Prix” (Poland, 2017) and “Prix Levallois” (France, 2017). Won 3rdplace at “Vienna Photobook Festival” (Австрія, 2017) and at the Festival of Ukrainian Youth Art (Ukraine, 2017). Received scholarship from Gaude Polonia (Poland, 2018) and Symbolum Sacrum Foundation (Lviv, Ukraine, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2014). His works were published in FOAM magazine, GUP magazine, British Journal of Photography, Lensculture.

Website — via-poliakov.com

Solo exhibitions

 2018 — “Субач ⁄ Поляков”, “The Naked Room” gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators— Lizaveta German and Maria Lanko)

2019 — “City of Gardens”, “EEP Berlin” gallery, Berlin, Germany (curator — Maya Hristova)

2019 — “Heroic Trip”, “Szara” gallery, Catowice, Poland (curator — Andrzej Tobis)

2020 — “City of Gardens”, “Galerie 21 – im Künstlerhaus Vorwerkstift”, Hamburg, Germany (curator — Jewgeni Roppel)

2020 — “ ‘Жилпас’ Жанни Возбранної”, Museum of Contemporary Art Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine

 

 

Selected group exhbitions

2012 — “Альтернативний мистецький путівник Львовом” project, organized by Symbolum SacrumFoundation, Lviv, Ukraine

2013 — “Новое дыхание культуры: искусство оживляет наследие”, organized by “Тотем” centre, David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery, Kutaisi, Georgiaя, Museum of History and Ethnography, Sighnaghi, Georgia

2011, 2014 —”Terra Futura” festivals, organized by “Тотем” centre, Kherson, Ukraine

2015 — “Odesa/Batumi Photo Days” festival, Batumi, Georgia (curator — Katerina Radchenko)

2016 — “ПогранКульт: ГаліціяКульт”, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2017 — “Znani-nieznani. Fotografia lwowska po roku”, as a part of “Białystok Interphoto”, festival,  Ludwik Zamenhof Centre, Bialystok, Poland (curators— Andrij Bojarov, Magdalena Świątczak)

2017 — Festival of Ukrainian Youth Art (topic — “Today, which has never come”), Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators— Lizaveta German, Maria Lanko, Katerina Filiuk)

2017 — “ShowOff”, as a part of Krakow Photomonth, Krakow, Poland

2017 — Grand Prix of Lodz Photofestival, Lodz, Poland

2017–2018 — travelling exhibition of FOAM Talents prize, Museum of Photography FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands, “Red Hook Labs” gallery, New York, USA, Beaconsfield, Great Britain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2018 — “Mercatorplein” gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organized by FOAM)

2018 — “Tam gdzie teraz” (exhibition of the participants of Gaude Polonia scholarship programme), “Labirynt”gallery, Lublin, Poland (curator Waldemar Tatarczuk)

2018 — Athens Photofestival, Athens, Greece

2018 — “Young European Photography” exhibition, as a part of “Ciruclations” festival, CENTQUATRE-Paris, Paris, France

2018 — eexhibition of shortlist of “New East Photo Prize”, Calvert Foundation, London, Great Britain

2019 — “Eating Pineapples on the Moon”, as a part of Riga Photomonth, Riga, Latvia (curators— Alnis Stakleand Arnis Balcus)

2019 — “Ostlook platform: How to deal with history” (curator — Jewgeni Roppel) в рамках Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia

2019 — Second Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curators— Anastasiia Yevsieieva, Daryna Skrynnyk-Myska, Borys Filonenko)

2019 — “Український зріз” (curators— Serhii Petliuk, Vlodko Kaufman), at ІV Triennale of Contemporary art as a part of Cultural Congress “Перехід 1989” (topic — “Rituals of Transition”), tenement of Semiradsky, Lviv, Ukraine

2019 — “Поговорімо про модерність”, as a part of the cicle of exhibitions “24H Extended”, «Jam Factory» art centre, Lviv, Ukraine (curators— Paulina Olszewska, Antek Burzyński)

2020 — “Staged Realities”, exhibition of “Ostlook Platform” (curator — Jewgeni Roppel) та “EEP Berlin” (curator — Maya Hristova), as a part of “Transcultural Festival Volksbühne Berlin”, Berlin, Germany

2020 — «ХерАрт», Museum of Contemporary Art Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine (curators— Semen Khramtsov, Viacheslav Mashnitsky)

“Ideas on Talent: Viacheslav Poliakov”. Photoworks, 2018. https://photoworks.org.uk/ideas-talent-viacheslav-poliakov/.

“Viacheslav Poliakov tells us about a visual and naive subculture”. C 41 Magazine, May 1,2019. https://www.c41magazine.com/viacheslav-poliakov-photography/.

“Viacheslav Poliakov: Lviv – God’s Will”. FOAM International Photography Magazine, 2017.

“Viacheslav Poliakov: Lviv-God’s Will”. Yw Yw Magazine, July 29,2018. http://www.ywywmagazine.com/2018/07/19/viacheslav-poliakov-lviv-gods-will/.

Альтернативный путеводитель. Kherson: Гилея, 2011.

Баштовий, Андрій [Bashtovyi, Andii]. “Камера спостереження: маршрут ‘Львів – Божа Воля’ В’ячеслава Полякова”. TheVillageУкраїна, February 5, 2018. https://www.the-village.com.ua/village/city/street-photo/268095-poliakov-photo.

Шебетко, Антон [Shebetko, Anton]. “Это твоя Родина, сынок: ‘Львів — Божа Воля’ Вячеслава Полякова”. Bird In Flight, July 5 2017. https://birdinflight.com/ru/vdohnovenie/fotoproect/20170625-lvov-bozha-volia-polyakov.html.

Blanco, Alex. “Interview with Elena Subach and Viacheslav Poliakov”. GUP Magazine, n.d. https://gupmagazine.com/interview/interview-with-elena-subach-and-viacheslav-poliakov/?fbclid=IwAR1d1dSpHO20wIVbQbK9l6x7XWVdixjUaHPEI1dk98qgYeVTknZbJ47kGJM.

Club Sandwich, no. 3 (2019), the Pickle Issue.

Fuggetti, Claudia. “The crazy aesthetics by photographer Viacheslav Poliakov”. Collater.al, 2019. https://www.collater.al/en/viacheslav-poliakov-photograohy/.

MAJDAN! Ukraine, Europa. Упорядники — Claudia Dathe, Andreas Rostek. Berlin: edition.fotoTAPETA, 2014.

NN6T, no. 124 (2019): cover. 

Premiyak, Liza. “Elena Subach and Viacheslav Poliakov: post-industrial Silesia, but not as you know it”. Calvert Journal,November 23, 2018. https://gupmagazine.com/interview/interview-with-elena-subach-and-viacheslav-poliakov/?fbclid=IwAR1d1dSpHO20wIVbQbK9l6x7XWVdixjUaHPEI1dk98qgYeVTknZbJ47kGJM.

Reznik, Natalya. “The first photo books which made it – winners of ViennaPhotoBookAward 2017”. Natalya Reznik, July 13, 2017. https://www.natalyareznik.com/2017/07/the-first-photo-books-which-made-it-winners-of-viennaphotobookaward-2017/.

Sanders, Carson. “Viacheslav Poliakov”. aint-bad, December 29, 2017. https://www.aint-bad.com/article/2017/12/29/viacheslav-poliakov/.

Snoad, Laura. “Viacheslav Poliakov shoots the ‘folk-baroque-industrial mess’ of Ukraine and Poland”. It’s Nice That, April 18, 2019. https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/viacheslav-poliakov-lviv-gods-will-photography-180419.

Vostok magazine, 2020, the Double Twin issue.

Wright, Sophie. “City of Gardens”. Lens Culture, n.d. https://www.lensculture.com/articles/viacheslav-poliakov-city-of-gardens?fbclid=IwAR1zUm99xqIzT_xAjoLZj3Blj0RC0Z1vU25RahK9x7zIvBgeV07Rwbh-nM8.

Wright, Sophie. “Lviv – God’s Will by Viacheslav Poliakov”. British Journal of Photography, October 15,2018. https://www.bjp-online.com/2018/10/viacheslav-poliakov/.

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