Alexander Schurenkov was born in 1984. He attended Michael Bitler’s three-week course ‘What the work tells about the tools’ (Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts). Since 2016, he has been studying at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia). Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2004 from Moscow State University.
Since November 2017, he has been a member of the artist-run space Center Red (Moscow).
He currently lives and works in Moscow.
The main theme of Schurenkov’s work is investigating the nature of basic psychological notions such as self-consciousness, self-determination, and self-sufficiency and extrapolating the results to society as a whole. The artist is interested in understanding how everyday objects become totems, as well as drawing the line between the sacralization and the desacralization of things that people see and use every day, experiencing self-identification with these objects, and investigating the changing meanings of garbage and abandoned and re-appropriated objects.
His artistic techniques include working with everyday objects, from which he creates installations and sculptures, and exploring spatial limits in site-specific works.
Grants, residencies, awards:
2017 — Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Michael Beutler’s three-week course ‘What the work tells about the tools’
Selected group exhibitions:
2017 Where is the artist, Fragment Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
2017 Down the basement, one-day site-specific installation in Salzburg Fortress, part of Salzburg Summer Academy graduation exhibition (open-day)
2017 Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow: 25 years, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (Moscow, Russia)
2017 Sessions of phantom communication, Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)
2016 Like this thing, Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)