Pavlo Makov (Ukrainian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2022)

It's the Venice Biennale 2022!!! We meet Pavlo Makov who is representing Ukraine at the Ukrainian pavilion of the 59th Venice Biennale.

Makov presents The Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Alta (1995–2022). This kinetic sculpture, which speaks to infrastructural ruins, cultural erasure, climate collapse, and war, is the focal point of the pavilion in Venice. Made possible with the support of the pavilion’s curators: Lizaveta German and Maria Lanko, co-founders of the Kyiv art space Naked Room, and Borys Filonenko, chief founder of IST PublishingThe Fountain of Exhaustion is currently paralleling the lives of those involved in its exhibition—rapidly adapting and responding to uncertain circumstances caused by war.

Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Аlta project for the 59th Biennale di Venezia is first and foremost an attempt to address the present from within the Ukrainian context in order to retrace and reveal how a local concern eventually grows to echo the global conversation.

The Pavilion exhibits the works of Pavlo Makov, whose artistic practices in the early 1990s focused on exploring the parallels between the human body and urban space and have since then largely shifted to elaborating the theme of “the world without us”. The artwork Fountain of Exhaustion is a serene and reflective project, which serves as a conscious extension of the original story of Fountain of Exhaustion (at once providing for the particularities of the exhibition location) and comes as a natural response to the theme Milk of Dreams.

Makov was born in 1958 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He graduated from the Crimean Art College, Painting Department (Simferopol, Ukraine) in 1979, Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1978 and Kharkiv Art and Industrial Institute (Graphic department) in 1984.

Since 1988 he is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, since 1994 – is a member of the Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers (London, England) and a correspondent member of the Ukrainian Art Academy, since 2006.

Pavlo Makov is a participant and winner of many graphic art exhibitions, among them “Biennale of Graphic Art" (Kaliningrad, Russia, 1990, 1992 and 1998), VI International Biennale of Print and Drawing (Taipei, Taiwan, 1993), “Osaka Triennale 94" (Osaka, Japan, 1994), “National Triennale of Print 97" (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1997), “International Print Triennale" and others. In 2009 he was awarded with the Silver Medal of the Ukrainian Art Academy. Author and participant of many projects in Ukraine and abroad. The artist's works are in museums collections in Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, the USA and other countries.

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