Oleg Kulik (b. 1961, Kyiv) is a Ukrainian-born Russian artist, one of the critical players of Russia's contemporary art scene and one of the founders of actionism in post-Soviet Russia. He is a performance artist, sculptor, photographer and curator. In his performance works, Kulik takes on the persona of a dog, to describe what he sees as a crisis of contemporary culture. The artist's intention is in bringing to the light the radical religious and societal conservatism he feels has taken over Russian society.
With a photo from his studio Kulik sent us for the project, he adds: "Greetings to my friends in Croatia: Croatia as a big woman: no matter how fast you swing, you still can't embrace the whole."
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.
Oleg Kulik was a participant of our Artist on Vacation project in 2013, organised by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection, with Valamar Riviera d.d. in whose facilities they reside in Poreč.
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