Exo-ark, 2019 Video, 8′, mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov studies the relationships between man and nature, science and ritual. The pursuit of immortality originated the practice of ritual mummification, the physical preservation of human bodies. In order to document knowledge about nature, humans invented the technique of taxidermy to preserve animal bodies. Fedotov-Fedorov
Purposeful mystification of the boundaries between scientific history collections and religion – in this case with a deliberate focus on rituals. The sculptural objects on display are reminiscent of orthodox religious iconography. Yet, when presented in an idiomatic academic system of collection display, the significance of the work shifts from the objects themselves and their
Artist collecting empty spaces in the vitrine of Natural History Museums around the world (Russia, France, UK, Netherlands, Slovenia and etc). He printed these photos at the size of real vitrines and put them in big frames witch looks like vitrine itself. For artists tried to deconstruct the colonial idea of Museums of Nature History
Installation, based on problems of the cycle of water and global warming. A new relationship between different species — cooperation, parasitism, symbiosis. and collective thinking.
Centaurs of the War 2019 Horseshoes welded on steel. This is story from my Grandma. During the World War II, 2-3 000 Russian soldiers enter to her small Russian village. At the time, the village was inhabited only by children and the elderly because everyone left to the war and also most of the animals
Milkmaids 2018-2019 These pictures I found in the archive of the museum of zoology in Moscow, were used for propaganda of the Soviet system’s agricultural prowess. Several exhibitions were created to celebrate the best milkmaids of the USSR. In this particular exhibition there was album composed of the best milkmaids that included their name, the
Poisons Museum 2018 — Poisons Museum, Anna Nova Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia) At the moment, I am very depressed about the situation in Russia, both political and scientific. The church is interferes with science more and more, HIV dissidence and pseudoscience are flourishing. Plunging into the Middle Ages, even educated people are affected by
The main motif of Fedotov-Fedorov’s art is the use of natural scientific knowledge. The artist adopts its main characteristics: the depiction of biological processes and forms from the cell to the habitat, linguistic features and ways of presenting knowledge (formulas, drawings, and so on), methodological principles and types of representation (entomological collections, card catalogues). With
The works of Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov were presented in the exposition of the Main Project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art «Clouds⇄Forests» Curator — Yuko Hasegawa. The project include works from diffrent periods but all of th works are about reletionship between nature and human and since and ritual.
The project Nonatu telling us about the relationship between people from different cultural patterns and nature. Living in the cities all over the world people transform urban flora and fauna. Ilya spent several time in the city exploring what people «left» after themselves. The process was much similar to archaeological study based on pottery
Collection of pink book Collection of Pink book is a direct reference to the IUCN Red List. But Pink book contains wide-known biological species and that’s the obvious difference. Pink book itself wouldn’t exist without the character of Explorer. The person of Explorer observed modern biological data and evaluated the risk of extinction of each
23 sanatoriums Threads, heracleums, 2014 In 2014 Ilya made an installation in thrown building of sanatorium of the XIX century in the village not far from New Riga highway. The room which many years ago was intended for people rest and treatment he filled in 23 dried-up heracleum plants of the giant size. Heracleum plant
Unalive corner Glass, mortar, plants, plastic, earth, 2015 Work on segmentation of habitual space into component parts. And about trying to preserve the whole by preserving the parts. Неживой уголок Стекло, раствор, растения, пластик, земля, 2015 Работа о сегментации привычного пространства на составные части. И о попытки сохранения целого путем сохранения частей.
Death of Minister 2016 Смерть Министра 2016 4 года назад я купил две муравьиные матки. Их я купил одновременно. Это матки муравья жнеца, при покупки они находятся в пробирке инкубаторе, обычно одни с яйцами или 2-3 рабочими. Первую матку я назвал Мизиано она была одна и долго не несла яйца, мне просто очень нравится, как
Whitestone Digital prints, 2014 In summer 2014 when Ilya was in art-residence «Guslitsa» and was keen on the image of the Ant Colony, laws and rules of it’s life, he made an installation from 7 ant hills. In each of them he lodged ants with egg-laying queen: 3 types MYRMICA RUBRA and 4