Art Residence: Pavel Matveyev (Russia-Sweden)


01.06 - 30.06.2015

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Program: [Art residence]

From June 1 till June 30, 2015 an artist Pavel Matveyev (Russia-Sweden) is working at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.

Born in 1980 in Moscow. Lives and works in Karlholmsbruk (Sweden), Stockholm and Moscow. Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism (2002), Photography Academy in Moscow (2003), BA in Editorial Photography from Brighton University (UK, 2006), and MA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (2012). Worked as an assistant of photographer to Joseph Ford in Brighton and London (2006). Active in photography, media, public and mail art. Artist’s website:

“In my work I often explore so-called “blind spots” – “sites that, normally overlooked, might still provide insights” (Hal Foster). I look into their possible use and interpretation, whether they are physical spaces or belong to a fictional realm like cinema. My work is often characterized by its focus on perception and is informed by personal interest in the notions of melancholy and nostalgia.

The result of my residency will be a sound walk along the center of Kronstadt – a non-material public art object that will be donated to the NCCA. The proposed project is a way of understanding rich and complicated history of the city, an attempt of reflection on its “blind spots”. The sound walk format, in one sense imitating a traditional museum audio guide, will allow to smoothly combine confirmed historical evidence with myths and artist’s psycho-geographic interpretation of specific local places with documentary audio evidence of “here and now” recorded during the walk.”


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