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30x40 cm
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On the verso side: inscription “Witches’ Sabbath” 1988 Roman Pyatkovka 1/7 + 2 A.P.”, artist’s signature and MOKSOP’s stamp

About the artist


Roman Pyatkovka (1955, Kharkiv, Ukraine) — representative of Kharkiv School of Photography. In 1972-1977 studied at the Department of Electroenergetics of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute. In 1978-1981 attended the Higher Courses in Lighting Design of Kyiv State I. K. Karpenko-Kary Institute of Theatrical Art. For five years (1979–1984) worked as a Chief lighting designer of the Young Spectator’s Theater in Kharkiv. Got interested in photography in the early 1980s. At that period he was heavily influenced by such photographers of the older generation as Boris Mikhailov and Oleg Maliovany.

Conceptualist approach is central to his art, as the author is focused not on the aesthetics of a single image, but rather on the integrity of the message. The main topics of his body of work are sexuality and female nudity as the markers of the social situation, which reveals “sovietness” of the past and present. Became the winner of the Sony World Photography Awards in the Conceptual category for his Soviet Photo series (2013). Works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Media Communications of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Photo credit — Vova Panayev, 2012.

Solo exhibitions

1991—Roman Pyatkovka, Roy Boyd gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1991—Roman Pyatkovka, Unge Kunstneres Samfund Galleri, Oslo, Norway

1991—Roman Pyatkovka, Fotografier Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden

1991—Roman Pyatkovka, Ken Damy Museum of contemporary photography, Bresica, Italy

1993—Roman Pyatkovka, Innensicht gallery, Nürnberg, Germany

1995—Roman Pyatkovka, House of Artist, Kharkiv, Ukraine

1999—Roman Pyatkovka, Kunstverein Nürnberg Kohlenhof e.V., Nürnberg, Germany

2008—Roman Pyatkovka, New Game gallery, Tokio, Japan

2010—“Неправильная фотография / Wrong Photography”, Exit  gallery, Odesa, Ukraine

2015—“Soviet Photo”, Dadiani Fine Art, London, Great Britain

2016—“Soviet Photo II”, Dadiani Fine Art, London, Great Britain

2016—Klaipeda photography gallery in Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC, Exhibition Hall). Klaipeda, Lithuania

Group exhibitions

1987—“Ф-87 / F-87″, Palace of Students of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Kharkiv, USSR

1988—“Aktualita SSSR”, 4 gallery, Cheb, Czech Republic (curator—Zbynek Illek)

1988—“Erosion/Эрозия. Soviet Conceptual Art and Photography of the 1980’s”, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

1988—“Inakovidichie”, Milan, Italy

1988—“New Soviet Photography”, a touring show, Finland, Sweden, Denmark

1989—“Fotostroika”, New York, USA

1989—“150 let fotografie”, Wallenstein Palace, Prague, Czech Republic1989—“Фотографии – 150” (“150 Years of Photography), Central House of Artist, Moscow, USSR

1990—“Op-positions: Commitment and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Photography”, II International Biennale of Photography, Center for photography, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1990—“Eroosio: 1980-luvun käsitteellistä kuvataidetta ja valokuvaa Neuvostoliitosta”, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

1990—“Zapretnye”, Fotograficentrum, Stockholm, Sweden

1991—“Photomanifesto: contemporary photography in the USSR”, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA

1992—Roman Pyatkovka, Central house of Artist, Moscow, Russia

1992—Roman Pyatkovka, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

1993—Middfest International Festival, Middletown, Ohio, USA

1994—“Soul of Ukraine”,  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

1994—“Искусство современной фотографии: Россия, Украина, Белоруссия / Art of contemporary photography: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus”, Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia (curator—Evgeny Berezner)

1995—“Contemporary Russian Photography – Boris Savelev, Lyaiya Kuznetsova, Roman Pyatkovka, Francisco Infante, Tanja Liebermann, Andrei Bezoukiadnikov, Yuri Tschernischov and Vadim Gippenreiter”, Tampa Museum of Art, Florida, USA

1998—“New Human Landscape”, Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, Arles, France

1998—Interim-Gallery, Nürnberg, Germany

2010—“Якщо, Если, If”,  Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm, Russia (curator—Ekaterina Degot, exposition of Kharkiv photographers—Andriy Avdeenko)

2011—11th European festival of nude photography “Regards sur le corps”, L’espace Van Gogh, Arles, France

2011—“Kill photo”, Ya gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2011—“Kill photo”, Kvartira art centre, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

2011—“The Drawing lessons: Ukrainian Photography”, International Photography Festival PIP, Pingyao, China (curators—Misha Pedan, Irina Chmyrova)

2012—“Perestroika, Liberalization and Experimentation (1980s-2010)”, as a part of FotoFest 2012 Biennial, Houston, USA (curators—Irina Chmyrova,Evgeny Berezner, Natalia  Tarasova)

2012—“Харківська школа фотографії. В роки малювання. Українська фотографія. 1890 – 2010 рр.” (Kharkiv School of Photography. The Drawing lessons: Ukrainian Photography 1890-2010), the First Kyiv Biennial of Contemporary Art “Arsenale-2012”, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators—Misha Pedan, Irina Chmyrova)

2012—“Соціальна ейфорія / Social Euphory”, the V All Ukrainian Platform “New Directions”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012—“Cult of the Body” (Ukrainian Photographic Alternative group exhibition), Leisure gallery, London, Great Britain (curator—Misha Pedan)

2012—“Перспектива / Perspective”, the parallel programme of the First Kyiv Biennial of Contemporary Art “Arsenale-2012”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators—Andriy Suprunenko, Julian Farrow)

2012—“ИСКУССТВОестьИСКУССТВОестьИСКУССТВО / ARTisARTisART”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (curator—Dimitry Ozerkov)

2013—“Акт неповиновения. Тело как протест в харьковской фотографии 1970-2010 гг. / Act of Disobedience. Body as a Protest in Kharkiv Photography of 1970s-2010s” , Lumiere brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia (curator – Katerina Zuyeva)

2013—Sony World Photography Awards 2013 show, Bratislava Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013—“Індустріальний Едем / Industrial Edem”, the VI All Ukrainian Platform “New Directions”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2013—Sony World Photography Awards 2013 show, Dnipropetrovsk Art Museum, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

2013—“Украина: Экспроприация / Ukraine: Expropriation”, Greenberg gallery, Moscow, Russia (curator—Vasilisa Nezabarom)

2013—“NordArt 2013”, Büdelsdorf, Germany (curator—Wolfgang Gramm)

2013—Sony World Photography Awards 2013 show, Somerset House, London, Great Britain

2014—“Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now”, Saatchi gallery,  London, Great Britain

2014—“Теорія вірогідності / Probability Theory”, the VII All Ukrainian Platform “New Directions”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2015—“Харьковская школа фотографии: от советской цензуры к новой эстетике / Kharkiv School of Photography: Soviet Censorship to New Aesthetics 1970-1980s” (part IІ),  Kharkiv municipal art gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curator—Igor Manko)

2016—“A Take on Vintage Photography”, Vitas Luckus Photography Centre, Šiauliai, Lithuania

2016—“The Freedom of the Past”, Hungarian House of Photography “Mai Mano House”, Budapest, Hungary (curator—Marianna Kolozsvary)

2017—“Місто ХА. Харків Авангардний: Проект-дослідження / City of KhA. Avant-garde Kharkiv: Research Project”, National Art Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators—Tetiana Tumasian, Sergiy Bratkov)

2017—“Дослідницька платформа: Анонімне суспільство / Research Platform: Anonymous Society”, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine (curator—Tatiana Kochubinska)

2017—“Український архетип / Ukrainian Archetype”, в рамках Photo Kyiv 2017, комплекс “Торонто-Київ”, Київ, Україна

2018—“École photographique de Kharkiv”, Kherson Museum of Modern Art, Kherson, Ukraine (curator—Victoria Bavykina)

2018—“Політика тіла. Харківська фотографія із колекції родини Гриньових / Body Politics. Kharkiv school of photography from Grynovs’ family collection” , Maslo gallery, Khmelnytskyi (curator—Halina Hleba)

2019—“Харківська школа фотографії з колекції сім’ї Гриньових / Kharkiv school of photography from Grynovs’ family collection”, Mironova Foundation gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (curator—Victoria Bavykina)

2019—“Palette of Pain”, Tbilisi Art Fair 2019, Expo Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia

2019—“UPHA Made in Ukraine”, AKT art space, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators—Victoria Bavykina, Maksim Horbatskiy, Yarolsav Solop, art director—Misha Buksha)

2019—“Перетинаючи межу / Crossing Lines”, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators—Björn Geldhof, Martin Kiefer, Alicia Knock)

2019—“Storytelling from Kharkiv: Singular Voices”, Galerie nomade Alexandra De Viveiros, Paris, France (curator—Nadiia Kovalchuk)

2019—“Gewendet – 5 Positionen Fotografie”, Stadtgalerie Brunsbüttel, Brunsbüttel, Germany

2019—“The Body of Propaganda”, Latvian Museum o Photography, Riga, Latvia (curator—Katerina Radchenko)

2020—“Sztuczny ból. Współczesna sztuka Ukrainy”, Centre of contemporary art “Znaki Czasu”, Torun, Poland (curators—Krzysztof Białowicz, Nataliia Ivanova)

2021—“Автор у грі / Artist in the Game”, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curators—Sergiy Lebedynskyy, Oleksandra Osadcha, Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk)

2021Відкрита можливість / An Open Opportunity”, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine (curatorsOleksandr Soloviov, Viktoria Bavykina)

2021—“Чутливість / Sensitivity”, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine, (curators—Maksym Gorbatskyi, Solomia Savchuk, Oleksandr Soloviov)

2021—“Blowing the Medium: the Kharkiv School of Photography”, as a part of Kharkiv Year in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic (curator—Oleksandra Osadcha)

2021Наші в Помпіду / Ours at Pompidou”, Henryk Siemiradzki Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curatorMarina Konieva)

2022—”Once Upon the War in Kharkiv”, Galerie nomade Alexandra De Viveiros, Paris, France (curator — Alexandra De Viveiros-Kalinina)

Co Je Fotografie: 150 Let Fotografie / What Is Photography: 150 Years of Photography. Ред. — Даніела Мразкова, Павел Шьофлер. Prague: Videopress MON : Credit, 1989.

Eerikäinen, Hannu. “Boris Mihailov & Roman Pjatkovka: Neuvostoruumis”. Image, no. 2 (1988): 62-67.

Eerikäinen, Hannu. “The Conceptual and Manipulated Photograph in the Soviet Context. Alexander Slyusarev. Andrei Aksyonov. Vladimir Kupriyanov. Alexei Shulgin. Roman Pyatkovka. Boris Mihailov. Vladimir Parfenok. Alexander Uglyanitsa”. В  Erosion/Эрозия. Soviet Conceptual Art and Photography of the 1980s. Helsinki: Amos Anderson Art Museum Publications, 1990: 78–123.

Eskola, Taneli & Eerikäinen, Hannu. Toisinnakiat: Uusi valokuva Neuvostoliitossa. Helsinki: SN-Kirjiat Publishing, 1988.

Le Portrait Dans L’Art Contemporain – 2011. T. 1. Arcueil: Editions Patou, 2011.

Liapin, Alexander. “Art of Sexual Feast”. EYEMAZING, no. 2 (2012): 98.

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NordArt 2013. Rendsburg: cp.offset, 2013.

Nude Art Today: edition international 2008-2009. Arcueil: Editions Patou, 2008.

Oppositions: Commitment and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Photography.  Edited by Bas Vroege, Hripsimé Visser. Rotterdam: Uitgeverij, 1990.

Osadcha, Oleksandra. “Roman Pyatkovka: A Field Study of ‘Communal’ body”. MOKSOP. August 17, 2019. 

“Osobnosti světové fotografie — Roman Pjatkovka”. Československá fotografie, no. 6 (1990): 250-252.

Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now. London: Saatchi Gallery, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2014.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2013. World Photography Organisation, 2013.

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Ukrainian erotic photography. Kyiv: Основи, 2017.

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