Sergey Bratkov / Сергій Братков
Born in Kharkiv (UA), lives in Moscow (RU).
Sergey Bratkov (°1960) was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he finished his studies at the Kharkiv State School of Art in 1978 and at the Polytechnic Academy in 1983. As a photographer, he became a member of the artists’ collective Litera A in the 1980s, and subsequently of the Rapid Response Group, which is known for creating provocative photo campaigns, as a reaction to political and social atrocities. Bratkov has been living and working in Moscow since 2000.
He creates series of photos, (video-)installations and performances. His works reflect the social reality of Russia and Ukraine, focussing on the life of the homeless, the poor and the impoverished middle-class. He shows social poverty in post-Soviet daily life and transforms it through very specific, at times absurd, choices in his imagery. His work is known for its brutal openness and biting irony, whereby provocation is a necessary evil for achieving the goal of gaining sharper insights. With his carefully staged visual language, Bratkov questions propaganda of a continent in transition: caught between a glorification of the Soviet system, on the one hand, and the illusion of a free market on the other hand, which has been idealised by mass media. These serially conceived photos of Bratkov are his artistic witnesses of social resistance. In 2002 Sergey Bratkov took part in the 25th São Paulo Biennale and in 2007 he was represented in the Ukrainian pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
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Sergey Bratkov / Сергій Братков, Lost, 2022. Print, digital print, acrylic, synthetic fabric, 214 x 144 cm.
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Museum E!: The residents'...
23 April 2017 - 22 October 2017.
M HKA and the Immaculata nursing home have developed an enduring partnership on the topic of contemporary art. This project aims to stimulate
06 May 2022 - 28 August 2022.
Imagine Ukraine is an ambitious project that aims to reach out beyond the immediate urgencies, however pressing those continue to be. It want
Let's Play Museum
10 June 2023 - 17 September 2023.
Come and play at the M HKA this summer. Dangle on Kati Heck's swing, or play a game of bowling on Dialogist-Kantor's bowling alley. If you wa
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EUROPE AT LARGE
During the past decades M HKA has paid enduring attention to that part of Europe that was excluded from the reconstruction of Europe after 19
Уяви Україну – Мистецтво ...
M HKA, 06.05–21.08.2022 The exhibition at M HKA presented the vital Ukrainian art scene from the perspective of art as a critical instrum