Alexander Shchurenkov was born in 1984. In 2017 he attended Michael Beutler’s course ‘What the work tells about the tools’ (Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts). In 2018 he graduaded at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia) in the field of ‘New Strategies in Contemporary Art’. Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2004 from Moscow State University.
He currently lives and works in Moscow.
The main theme of Shchurenkov’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’
2018 — Once it happened, backfired, Vacation Gallery (New York, USA)
2018 — Zugzwang, Fragment Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
2017 — Down the basement, Salzburg Fortress (Salzburg, Austria)
Selected group exhibitions:
2018 — Myth and legends of present time, New wing of Gogol’s Museum (Moscow, Russia)
2017 — Where is the artist, Fragment Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
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)