Petr Davydtchenko: PERFTORAN
intermedia installation / scientific research facility
September 1 - 30
Working barbecue: September 4, 7pm
Opening event: September 11, 8pm
Panel Talk: September 21, 5pm
“During these times, pharmaceutical companies are working tirelessly to produce the Holy Grail for COVID-19 – a vaccine for the virus that has infected over 22 million people and killed nearly 782,335 world-wide. The future welfare of the global population remains in the hands of these profit-driven corporations that can sell the cure to the highest bidder. The virus is a bio-weapon, deployed and manipulated on the geo-political battlefield to destabilise economies. By consuming a live bat – the diseased symbol of our current pandemic – the mythology of our freedom and wellbeing is born and dies in one simple act.”
Petr Davydtchenko (1986) was born in Arzamas-16 - a closed military town in Russia. Davydtchenko earned a BA in Fine Arts from Konstfack University College of Arts in Stockholm and a MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art in London. Davydtchenko's work has been exhibited in the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, where he received critical acclaim for his work "Ascension", which was acquired by the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent. Between 2016-2019 he lived on the outskirts of society, eating only animals killed on the road. Petr Davydtchenko is the protagonist of Autonomous, a feature-length documentary film directed by Ian Henry, to be released in late 2020.