MICHAIL MICHAILOV
   
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m-theorie / the eaten apple / the chicken thief /refuging / period of reflection /final destination /dust to dust / just keep on going / penetration / pilgrimage / trip to jerusalemt / take off your shoes II / the temptation1937 / the sleep / gerngross / pray+repose / 736cm / unlimited / 2x173cm / you want me, but / ich fergebe dir / mona lisa / home cinema / take off - test run /AcT / wall of fame / the book / chameleon /  income / the work / the cube / // homeland / the rabbit

                 

STATEMENT
The artist Michail Michailov uses in his works different artistic media such as performance, video, photography, drawing. In his approach he deals in a playfull manner with his own "self" or "I" in relation to his environment/surrondings/situation. Questions about the human presence/being are being asked. Success and failure, self-discovery and self-doubt, the quest for happiness, the transcendence of limits are recurrent topics. In doing so he uses his own name(s) and personality as a methaphor for the existence, the I and the pursuit of individual self-fulfillment in a globalised society. He takes on different cultural phenomena which influence human behaviour and questions a striving for perfection society.

In his creative processes Michailov helfs himself amongst other various 'parasitical strategies', like for example the manipulation of advertising posters of art museums or uses the works by other artists as a basis for his own art works („736 cm“, 2011; „Mona Lisa“, 2009). Through interventions in the public space Michailov refers to and manipulates the spatial environment, which leads to irritations and new ways of seeing. („Pray and Repose P&R“, 2012; „Vive la France“, 2013; „Refuging“, 2015).

"In his drawing series "dust to dust" (2014 - 2017) he dedicates to these fluffy balls of dust and stains, which have been gradually gathered in his studio, by accurately depicting them with coloured pencils on paper. By doing so he moves - on the one hand - to an unobserved running phenomenon - the gathering of dust and dirt in our consciousness and on the other, through this he uplifts the dirt into a piece of art. The intensive effort which the drawing reproduction process takes, stands in a strong discrepancy to the actual value of the primary material." “(Elsy Lahner, Contemporary Art Curator, Albertina Museum, 2017).

Michailovs approach/actions appear subversive due to their spontaneous character and consciously applied strong symbolics.


MICHAIL MICHAILOV
(*1978 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria,living and working in Vienna)
2007 Sommerakademie “Situation and Spectacle” at the Paul Klee Centre ( lecturer: Cerith Wyn Evans),
Bern(CH)
2006-2009 Cooperation with the Artist Group Gelitin (Several projects)
2002-2007 Studies of Art History at the University of Vienna, Vienna (AT)
1999-2004 Studies in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Veliko Tarnovo (BG)

GRANTS/RESIDENCIES
2017 Austrian State Scholarship for visual art
2015 Artist in residence alberg1800RESORT, Alberg (AT)
2015 34. Austrian graphic award/ lower austria
2013 School of Happiness Award, Viennafair
2013 Video Spot Competition "20 SECONDS FOR ART", KÖR/Infoscreen
2013 Red Carpet Award
2013 Artist in residance of BKA/Cite Internationale des Arts,Paris (FR)
2011 MTL Award for Bulgarian Contemporary Art (nominated)
2011 Walter Koschatzky Preis (nominated)
2010 Artist in residance of BKA, Rom (IT)

EXHIBITIONS AND SELECTED PROJECTS
2017 BONE 20 performance art festival, Bern (CH)
2017 Let them draw II(drawing and withdrawing), Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (BG)
2017 Allegoria sacra, Gallery Rafael Mihaylov, Veliko Tarnovo (BG)
2017 Images in Language and the Language of Images, Dom Museum, Vienna (AT)
2o17 Attention! Promised place-contesting common grounds, FLUCA, Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv (BG)
2017 Pareidolie/Projektraum Viktor Bucher , International contemporary drawing fair, Marseille (FR)
2017 You want Truth or Beauty, Kunsthalle Nexus, Salzburg (AT)
2017 Wien von oben. Die Stadt auf einen Blick, Wien Museum, Vienna (AT)
2016 Abbild::Realität!?, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna (AT)
2016 The Observatory, Special Astrophysical Observatory, Karachay-Cherkess Republic (RU)
2016 The eaten apple, Viennacontemporary, Vienna international art fair, Zone1 (solo), Vienna (AT)
2016 The Chicken Thief, Sotheby's,(solo), Vienna (AT)
2016 On site hohenems: bock auf kunst, Hohenems (AT)
2016 34.Austrian graphic award, South Tyrol Institute of Culture, Bozen (IT)
2016 Drawing and intermedia, Gallery Raiko Alexiev, Sofia (BG)
2015 dust to dust, RCShowroom, (solo),Vienna (AT)
2015 Chasing Max Mustermann, Art in public space Graz, Graz (AT)
2015 34.Austrian graphic award, Gallery in Taxispalais, Innsbruck (AT)
2015 Urbanauts/Destination Wien, Kunsthalle Wien/Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna(AT)
2015 Super Edition#3, Kunstraum Super/Selecto Planta Baja, Vienna/Los Angeles (AT/UK)
2014 Lichtblick, Paviljon Nob, Slovenia, Trzic (SLO)
2014 Take off your shoes II, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, (solo),Vienna (AT)
2014 The Dignity of Man …, The Brno Haus of Arts, Brno (CZ)
2014 Hans im Glück, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2014 The Dignity of Man …, Art gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (BIH)
2014 Dance with us, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna (AT)
2014 Grau-Wi Sa So, National Academy of Arts, Sofia (BG)
2014 Versus…Wiener Szene (1952-2014). ", Viertelneun Gallery, Vienna (AT)
2014 Grau-Wi Sa So, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (AT)
2013 Videopresantation curated by Jan Middelbos, la Générale en manufacture, Paris (FR)
2013 Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practices at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Sofia City Art
Gallery, Sofia (BG)
2013 The Rabbit, Red Carpet Award, Viennafair, (solo),Vienna (AT)
2012 The Keyhole of Mr. Wittgenstein, Haus Wittgenstein, Bulgarian Institute of Culture, Vienna (AT)
2012 Magnet and Antimagnet, ICA-Sofia Gallery, Sofia (AT)
2012 Urban Dreams, Center of contemporary art, Plovdiv (BG)
2012 (No) standing anytime, Art in public space, Graz (AT)
2012 Time Geometry-practices in public environment, Plovdiv History Museum and Department for
Contemporary History, Bulgaria, Plovdiv (BG)
2012 Common History and Its Private Stories., Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)
2012 Exit order - new situation, Glockengasse 9, Vienna (AT)
2012 Absolut Vienna", Wien Museum, Vienna (AT)
2011 Unlimited, Mtel Award For Bulgarian Contemporary Art, BenchMarkBusiness Center, Sofia (BG)
2011 living on the edge of a silver future, 5020 Galerie, Salzburg (AT)
2011 Dvd Project, Loop Festival, Barcelona (ES)
2011 Walter Koschatzky Preis, exhibition of all nominated works, MuMoK, Vienna (AT)
2010 Video presantation curated by Jennifer Lacey, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris (FR)
2010 You won't make a (nation)state with us, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2010 Dvd Project, 3e Festival International de Videoarte, Madrid (E)
2010 Video art from Bulgaria, 3H+K Gallery, Finland, Pori (FIN)
2010 Transltion is a mode, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2010 Blickwechsel. Österreichische Fotografie Heute", Westlicht, Vienna (AT)
2009 Ich fergebe dir, intervention in public space, das weisse Haus, Vienna (AT)
2009 Imagineering, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT)
2009 Queer Lisboa, film festival, Lisbon (PT)
2009 Value point, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna (AT)
2009 KunstKunst, 5020 Galerie, Saltzburg (AT)
2009 Common History and Its Private Stories., MUSA,Vienna (AT)
2009 Queer Performativities, Identities, film festival, Vienna (AT)
2008 Austria contemporary, Essl Museum, Austria, Klosterneuburg (AT)
2008 Queerelanti, Galleria Neon, Italy, Bologna (IT)
2008 Seems to be., Kunstpavillon, Austria, Innsbruck (AT)
2008 Rush Hour, periscope: project: space, Austria, Salzburg (AT)
2007 Situation and Spectacle, Paul Klee Centre, Bern (CH)


PUBLICATIONS
2017 Wien von oben. Die Stadt auf einen Blick, Wien Museum, Vienna (AT)
2017 The Observatory, Special Astrophysical Observatory, Karachay-Cherkess Republic (RU)
2016 Kunst-Arbeit-Gesellschaft, Kunstprojekte der Arbeiterkammer Wien und ihre Sammlung (AT)
2016 Chasing Max Mustermann, Art in public space Graz, Graz (AT)
2015 Hans im Glück, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2014 Public Art Vienna Kunst im öffentlichen Raum 2010-2013, KÖR, Vienna (AT)
2014 Public Art. Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark 2012-2013, Graz
2014 24Artists to watch, Modern Painters, New York (UK)
2014 The Dignity of Man …, MUSA, Vienna (AT)
2014 Michail Michailov 2010-2013, Grau-Wi Sa So, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg (AT)
2013 Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practices at the Beginning oft he 21st Century, Sofia (BG)
2012 (No) standing anytime, Zweieintopf, Graz (AT)
2012 Time Geometry-practices in public environment, Bulgaria, Plovdiv (BG)
2012 Unlimited, Mtel Award For Bulgarian Contemporary Art, Sofia (BG)
2011The don't you dare issue, Parabol Art Magazine#6, section.a, Vienna (AT)
2011 Content | Form | Im-material, CON3XT.NET, Vienna
2011 Nous ne notons pas les fleurs, dit le géographe, bétonsalon, Paris (FR)
2011 You won't make a (nation)state with us, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2011 Art in public space Styria, Springer Wien/New York (AT/UK)
2010Translation is a mode, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (AT)
2010 Blichwechsel. Österreichische Fotografie Heute, Westlicht, Vienna (AT)
2010 Imagineering, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT)
2009 Common History and Its Private Stories, MUSA,Vienna (AT)
2009 Value point, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna (AT)
2009 The value issue, Parabol Art Magazine#4, section.a, Austria, Vienna
2008 Austria contemporary, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
2008 La Journa" for the exhibition La Louvre - Paris of Gelitin in Musée D´art moderne de la ville de Paris,
Paris (FR)

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Thanks to:
Hannes Anderle, Ekaterina Radeva, Michael Meznik, Kalin Trifonov, Gerhard Veismann, Gelitin, David Moises, Katherine Batliner, Christoph Schwarz, Donka Mishineva
Übersetzung: Manja Nickel
Webseite: Gerald Grestenberger

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