Ilya CHICHKAN 1967 —
Ілля ЧИЧКАН • Илья ЧИЧКАН
Ilya Chichkan was born in Kiev in 1967. A painter, author of installations, photo and video projects. In the 1990s Chichkan became affiliated with the Ukrainian artist movement New Wave. Using traditional painting techniques and elements of Ukrainian baroque art, the Ukrainian New Wave artists committed to exploring new and active roles for artists within society dealing with post-colonial issues like transculturalism and the belief that as cultural systems of exchange evolve, they are no longer constrained by outdated boundaries and regulations. In 1988-1989 Chichkan and a group of other artists (A. Gnilitsky, M. Mamsikov, V. Tsagolov, O. Golosiy, D. Kavsan, V. Tribuna, L. Vartyvanov, J. Solomko and I. Jusupov ) founded a collective Commune Paris, named after a street in Kiev. Commune Paris functioned not only as the artists` studio but also became a meeting point for artists, critics and curators, who had an active interest in the cultural issues of that time. The works produced during that period have been dedicated to the revolt against the bureaucratic cultural institutions that had developed during Soviet times. Chichkan lives and works in Kiev.