Serhiy Popov, Horishni Plavni, 1978.
In the early 2000s, Serhiy Popov started working with socially engaged photography after graduating from the Kharkiv National Aerospace University's department of software engineering. Since 2005, he has been a member of the artistic group "SOSka." In 2008-2009, he began creating conceptual paintings using simple shapes, colors, and symbols to illustrate various notions such as event, horizon, authority and others as the base concepts of his paradigma. The artist's first solo exhibition represents his conceptual abstract works at the Mala gallery in 2013, with the title "Layers, Instruction, Multitude." At the NAD BOHOM art residency in Vinnytsya, the artist accidentally created his only one performance "Grand Opening" which was shown at the opening ceremony of the Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Art "School of Kyiv" in 2015. "Via Line" was the group exhibition that marked the start of his curatorial practice in 2016, a collaboration between artists focused on Abstract art in Ukraine. Next year, in partnership with Billy Gruner (AU), he initiated the foundation of the Kyiv Non Objective (KNO) organization as an international platform for non-objective and reductive art. The inaugural exhibition of KNO titled "0/1" was shown at Mala gallery of Mystetskiy Arsenal. The most notable project of KNO is the Big Circle. Curated in collaboration with independent artist-run initiatives for non-objective art from Europe, USA and Australia and shown at M17 CCA in 2019. At the same year, he participated in the Biennale Internationale d'Art Non Objectif, curated by Roland Orepuk. His next curatorial project In Medio at the Maslo gallery showed his conceptual approach to finding common ground for figurative art and abstract art.
Popov has continued his curatorial and artistic practice by working with different media to identify connections between senses and visual forms in different contexts.
Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2007 – Young Artist Prize from CEE Henkel Art Award. Vienna. Austria.
2008 – KulturKontaktAustria, artist-in-residence program. Vienna. Austria.
2010 – KIOSK AIR project, artist-in-residence program. Chisinau. Moldova.
2011 – GuestRoomMaribor, artist-in-residence program. Maribor. Slovenia.
2014 – KIOSK AIR project, artist-in-residence program. Chisinau. Moldova.
2015 – NAD BOHOM, artist-in-residence program by de-ne-de. Vinnytsia. Ukraine.
2016 – «Visible/Invisible», Aliance22's laboratory space, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2015 – «Discontinuity», Aliance22's laboratory space, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2014 – «Signs of Society», Aliance22's laboratory space, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2013 – «Layers. Instructions. Multitude». "Mystetskyi Arsenal" gallery. Kyiv, Ukraine.
2006 – «Prêt-à-Porter». Gallery-laboratory "SOSka". Kharkiv, Ukraine.
2021 – «In Medio». MASLO Art Center. Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine.
2019 – «Big Circle». International collaboration project. M17 Art Center. Kyiv, Ukraine.
2018 – «Icons \ Ideals». KNO Lab.Space project. Mikhail Bulgakov Museum. Kyiv, Ukraine.
2016 – «Via Line». Unlimited Art Foundation. Kyiv, Ukraine.
2012 – «Environment». CCI "Fabrika". Moscow, Russia.
2010 – «Resume». "Lavra" gallery. Kyiv, Ukraine.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
«Sovereignty Reimagined». Organizes: Antiwarcoalition.art and Maenad Collective. NY, USA.
«Concentration of the Will». M17 Art Center. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«OSAS PLUS №2». Organized by Benedek Barna, Haász Katalin. Vasarely Museum. Budapest, Hungary.
«Kyiv Non Objective. Space and Belonging». Curated by Barna Benedek. Vasarely Museum. Budapest, Hungary.
«RINKO-KAKU Tea Room Project». Curated by Yuka Miyazaki and Shuhei Fukuda. Maebashi, Gunma, Japan.
«Multiple Collection Exhibition [100 x 150]». AIS gallery. Shibukawa, Gunma, Japan.
«The Kyiv Assemblage No.7, Solidarity Beyond Borders». EST Art Foundation. Leiden, Netherlands.
«White Circle». Saturation Point Project. London, United Kingdom.
«5 artistes de KNO». La Galerie Abstract Project. Paris, France.
«[with Peace]». AIS Gallery, A03 project space, Kenakian project space. Shibukawa-Tokyo-Saga, Japan.
«Territory». Lisbon Art Weekend. EST Art Foundation + KNO. Lisbon, Portugal.
«Dad, the helmet is pressing. Contemporary art from the NAMU collection.». National Art Museum of Ukraine. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«In Medio». MASLO Art Center. Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine.
«IS RITUAL EQUAL TO ROUTINE?» curated by Tatiana Kochubinskaya. Artsvit gallery. Dnipro, Ukraine.
«Big Circle». International collaboration project. M17 Art Center. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Biennale Internationale d'Art Non Objectif». Curated by Roland Orépük. Le Pont-de-Claix, France.
«RNOP – Cincinnati: New Work For A New System». Cincinnati (OH), USA.
«Infinite Worlds / Infinite Probabilities». The University of Southern Queensland. Toowoomba, Australia.
«Point». Invogue#Art gallery. Odesa, Ukraine.
«Neighbours». Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Curated by VCRC. Warsaw, Poland.
«Cиметрія \ Symmetry». Galerie Abstract Project. Paris, France.
«Anonymous Society». PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
«0/1 - KNO | Kyiv Non Objective». Mala gallery of Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine.
«ASSEMBLAGE NO.5 Van Doesburg Fanclub». Concrete Store, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
«Points of approximation: Kharkiv». Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
«Monochromia. Vol.2». Theca Gallery, Milan, Italy. (vernissage)
«Via Line». Unlimited Art Foundation. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«The School of Prosperity». Performance. A Class of the School of Kyiv, Kyiv biennial. Musa museum. Vienna. Austria.
«Monochromia. Vol.1», Diehl & Diehl Cube, Berlin, Germany.
«Politics ofForm». Curated by Hedwig Suxenhuber, Georg Schollhamer and Franciska Zolyom.
GfZK - Museum of contemporary art Leipzig. Leipzig. Germany.
«The School of Kyiv». Kyiv biennale curated by Hedwig Suxenhuber and Georg Schollhamer. The House of Clothes (Main Venue), Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Some say you can find happiness there», Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Power Verticals. Plywood Colonnades», Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Grammar of Freedom», Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
«SAY IT.UA>», Vienna, Austria.
«Nothing of the Kind». Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia.
«Ukrainian News». CCA "Ujazdowski castle". Warsaw, Poland.
«Myth "Ukrainian Baroque"». National Art Museum of Ukraine. Kyiv. Ukraine.
«Arsenale 2012». The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Environment». CCI "Fabrika". Moscow, Russia.
«The Global Contemporary. Art Worldsafter 1989». Curated by Peter Weibel, Andrea Buddensieg. ZKM / Centre for art and media. Karlsruhe, Germany.
«Impossible Community». Curated by Victor Misiano. Moscow Museum of modern art. Moscow, Russia.
«If. UkrainianArt in Transition». Curated by Ekaterina Degot. MCA. Perm, Russia.
«Inter-Cool 3.0». HMKV / Dortmunder U. Dortmund, Germany.
«Numbers». International arts development foundation "EIDOS". Kyiv, Ukraine.
«The New History». Kharkiv Art Museum. Kharkiv, Ukraine.
«Curated by». Project by SOSka group and Gallery Hubert Winter. Vienna Fair. Vienna, Austria.
«Wakefield Meadows». Curated by Anca Mihulet. Pavilion UniCredit. Bucharest, Romania.
«Dreamers». Project by SOSka group in PinchukArtCentre / Project Room. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«New Print Politik: Post-SovietPolitics and Contemporary Art». Ukrainian Institute of modern art. Chicago, USA.
«Grabbing at Straws». Curated by Negative Capability (Chris Sharp, Joanna Fiduccia). Guenzani studio. Milan, Italy.
«Critically in Between». Curated by Viktor Misiano. Art-Athens. Athens, Greece.
«The Art World». Gallery "Feinkost". Berlin, Germany.
«Communities. Young Ukrainian Art». Gallery "Arsenal". Bialystok, Poland.
«Generations U&A». PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv, Ukraine.
«Video Bend». Gallery Stadtpark. Krems, Austria.
«Team Colors». Gallery F.A.I.T., Krakow, Poland.
«New Communities». Caucasus biennial of contemporary art. Tbilisi, Georgia.
COLLECTIONS & MUSEUMS
National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv.
Dmitry Razumov, Moscow.
Karsten Schmitz, Munich.
Monika Branicka, Berlin.
Ksenia Evgenieva, Kyiv.
Volker Diehl, Berlin.
Igor Voronov, Kyiv.
2015 Viennacontemporary Fair 2015, Alliance 22 group project presented by Diehl Gallery [Berlin], Vienna, Austria.
2014 Viennacontemporary Fair 2014, Ukrainian young artists project presented by Mironova Gallery [Kyiv], Vienna, Austria.
DIEHL GALLERY, Berlin