Russian Art Focus spoke with Andrey Kuzkin, Russian sculptor and performance artist who delivers tragic truths about the human condition through two mediums that are always at hand: his own body and rye bread.
In the late 2000s, Andrey Kuzkin burst onto the Russian art scene with radical performances on a par with the self-destructive endeavours of the Viennese Actionists or Marina Abramovic’s: he walked in circles in slowly hardening concrete for four hours, until his feet were nearly trapped; or, seated on a gallery floor, he cut the letters “Что это?” (“What is this?”) with a knife on his bare chest. His sculptures are in line with his performances: in 2019, he unveiled an installation consisting of over 1,000 bread figurines of naked supplicants, praying on their knees, complemented by four life-sized human heads covered in his own blood.
In this interview, Kuzkin shares ideas behind his radical works and the fascination with nature, which transformed itself into an on-going series of performances called ‘Natural phenomena’.
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