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Unimportant moods
16,8х59,7 cm
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On the verso side: inscription “Unikat 1995” and authors’ signatures

About the artist

Unimportant moods

Viktor Kochetov and Sergiy Kochetov father and son, who work in a creative tandem. According to Viktor Kochetov, their cooperation started when Sergiy was still a child. After finishing school Kochetov Jr. started assisting his father with his journalistic tasks, turning into a real co-author of works. Both authors have experience in photoreportage , which has shaped the base of visual language of their pieces. Their cooperation avoids imposing ideas, but rather organically synthesizing them. As Viktor and Sergiy say,  Where are whose photos? This is the question we’re permanently asked. How to determine the authorship, when we have prepared a shot together, discussed the details, and camera took it with the help of timer and tripod? By turns, by lot, by pair or odd days? In our case, we have solved this issue, and for others it’s a mere curiosity. Where’re mine and where are not mine, only the closest ones know. But I don’t think it’s, to put it in a contemporary way, the public information. These are the rules of our game. Those, who want to guess, where whose photos are, sometimes hit the target, sometimes not – it’s something from the realm of game theory.”

Solo exhibitions

1983 — House of Scientists, Kharkiv, USSR

1993 — “Замальована реальність” (Overpainted reality), Duo-exhibition with Boris Mikhailov, House of the Amateur Artists, Kharkiv, Ukraine

1996 — Kharkiv Fine Art Museum, Kharkiv, Ukraine

1999 — “Анилиновая меланхолия” (Aniline Melancholy), Palitra gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2018 — “Ані важливого, ані головного, або Все продається окрім піонерської честі” (Neither important, nor main, or Everything can be sold except for the pioneer’s honour), COME-IN art gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curator — Sergiy Lebedynskyy)

2019 — “Транзит” (Transit), together with Alexandr Chekmenev, Odessa State Literature Museum (curator — Sergiy Lebedynskyy, Oleksandra Osadcha, Katerina Radchenko)

2019 — “Kochetov” (the show of “UkrContempPhoto” award winner from BirdInFlight), IZONE, Kyiv, Ukraine (curator — Alina Sandulyak)


Group exhibitions

1979 — Salone of colour diapositives “Diapol”, Radom, Poland

1980 — International contest “Assofoto”, Leipzig, Germany

1987 — “Ф-87” (F-87), Palace of Students of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Kharkiv, USSR

1988 — “Ф-88” (F-88), Palace of Students of Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Kharkiv, USSR 

1989 — “Фотографии– 150” (“150 Years of Photography), Central House of Artist, Moscow, USSR

1989 — “Mecenate 90”, Bologna, Italy

1991 — “Pan Horama”, Helsinki, Finland

1991 — Victor Kochetov, Leipzig University, Germany

1992 — Victor Kochetov, Contemporary Arts centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

1993 — Art-24 Union, Basel, Switzerland

1993 — “Pan Horama”, Tampere, Finland

1993 — “Kharkiv Photography”, Museum of Industrial Culture, Nürnberg, Germany

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

1994 — Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

1995 — “The Art of Photography from Ukraine”, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA

1998 — “День з життя” (A Day from Life), Soros Contemporary Art centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

1999 — “Сarteblanche a Boris Mikhailov”, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1999 — “Затмение” (Eclipse), Palitra gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

1999 — “Современная Украинская Фотография” (Contemporary Ukrainian Photography), “Est-Ouest” Festival, Die, France

1999 — “Regards sur l’Ukraine”, Passage du Retz, Paris, France

1999 — “Contemporary Photographers of the Ukraine”, Mulhouse, France

1999 — “Photographers from Kharkov”, Kohlenof gallery, Nürnberg, Germany

1999 — Contemporary Russian culture centre, New York, USA

2000 — “Art-Moscow” International Fair, Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia

2000 — “Две стороны” (Two sides), Contemporary Art Centre, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine

2003 — “Фотография 70-х годов” (Photography from 70s), the International Photography Biennale, Honchary gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2006 — “Пляжный роман” (Beach romance), Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia

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

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

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) 

2015 — “Чисте Мистецтво” (Pure art), Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine (curator — Lidia Lykhach, Petro Honchar)

2017 — “Харків. 18+” (Kharkiv. 18+), Odesa//Batumi Photo Days 2017 festival, Odesa Museum of Modern Art, Odesa, Ukraine (curator — Sergiy Lebedynskyy)

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)

2018 — “Ukrainian Photobooks”, Photobooks festival “XPRINT”, Rodriguez gallery, Poznan, Poland

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)

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