Sergey Chilikov was born in 1953. He has graduated from the Mari Pedagogical Institute, ultimately obtaining an MA in Philosophy in 1983. In 1976-1991 Chilikov lectured at the Yoshkar-Ola University. In 1993 he’s published a book on Russian philosophy, “The Owner Of
a Thing, Or the Anthology Of Subjectivity”.
Chilikov’s photography career has started in 1976 in the Fact group (S. Chilikov, Y. Evlampiev, V. Voetsky, E. Likhosherst, V. Mikhaylov). Soon he has become the leader of non-conformist photography in his region. Together with a group of like-minded individuals, he organized exhibitions and festivals; he managed to co-exist quite peacefully with the official photography
organizations of the Soviet time. In 1980-1989, Chilikov organized the Analytical Photo Exhibitions (‘Yoshkar-Ola biennale’), and the annual open-air photo festival
on Kundysh River. In 1988 he’s participated in the final exhibition of the Fact group at Na Kashirke exhibition hall (Moscow).
Since 1989 Chilikov has been working on a multitude of
projects involving different towns of the former Soviet Union. His series, entitled ‘Photo Provocations’, ‘Countryside Glam’, ‘The Beach’, ‘Gambling’, ‘Philosophy of a Journey’, and others, depict the latent eroticism of people in the countryside, that appears even more vital
when it contrasts with the depressing surroundings. Sergey Chilikov’s brilliant and playful photographs, full of typically Russian humor and self-criticism, are a feast for the eye. He is considered to be one of today’s most influential and creative contemporary Russian
Lives in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.
Grinberg Gallery (ex-Gallery.Photographer.ru) exclusively represents the photographer since 2010.
2013 Solo exhibition at Oslo8 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2012 Contemporary Russian Photography. FotoFest Biennial, Houston, USA
2012 Selected Works 1978 – 2011 at Pavlov’s Dog Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011-2012 Selected Works 1978 – 2011 at Gallery.Photographer.ru, Moscow, Russia
2011 Selected Works 1978 – 2011 at Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2011 Sergey Chilikov, Martin Parr, Antanas Sutkus, Andrey Tarkovsky and Rimaldas Viksratis. Anya Stonelake/White Space Gallery collection, at The Chelsea Club, Chelsea FC, London, UK
2011 Migrant Workers. Moscow International Festival Fashion and Style in Photography. Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2010 The Small City Festival. Fine Arts Museum, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
2009 The Small City Festival. Kandinsky Prize. Central House of Artists, Moscow
2008 Louise Blouin Foundation, London
2007 Sergey Chilikov. Special Project at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2006 The Philosophy of Travel. Second International Month of Photography, Lianzhou, China;
Photobiennale 2006. RuArts Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Wonderful Saint-Petersburg. ReflexGallery, Moscow, Russia
2005 The Games of Chance. XL Gallery, Moscow
Russia Kommunalka (Communal Flat). Moscow
International Festival Fashion and Style in Photography. Moscow Museum of Modern Art,Moscow, Russia; The Beach Romance. Moscow House of Photography, Russia; New Photography from New Russia: 1991-2005. FotoMuseum,Antwerp, Belgium
2004 From Rodtchenko to Our Days. Moscow House of Photography, Russia; The Beach. Old Samara.
Fifth International Month of Photography in Moscow; Photobiennale 2004, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; La Province Russe Dans Les Annйes 90. Galeries des magasins Fnac, Ghent, Belgium
2003 Russian Photography, Retrospective Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Contemporary Russian Photography: 1991-2003. Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Sergey Chilikov, within the framework of the International Festival FotoGrafia in Rome, Italy
2002 Photographic Provocations. Second International Festival of Photography ‘Pro Zrenie’ (In-Sight), Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Photographic Provocations 2: Country Glamour. Fourth International Month of Photography in Moscow
‘Photobiennale 2002’, Russia Differences. Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia;
Sergey Chilikov, Personal Exhibition. Arles Photo Festival, France; The Beach, within the context of
the International Festival of Photography in Pingyao, China
2001 Photographic Provocations 1. Moscow International Festival Fashion and Style in Photography, Moscow, Russia; Sergey Chilikov,Personal Exhibition. Carru Noir Gallery, Paris, France; Russian Regions. International Photobiennale, Bratislava, Slovakia Route.
Art Project with the support of the George Soros Foundation. Art Museum, Samara, Russia
1996 Posed Photography of the End of the XX century. First International Month of Photography in
Moscow ‘Photobiennale 1996’, Krasnogorsk, Russia
1994 Art of Contemporary Photography. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
1992 ACT-PHOTO III. Kohtla-Yarve, Rakvere, Estonia
1991 Days of Chilikov. Photographic Art Gallery, Zvezda Cinema, Tver, Russia
1989 Personal Exhibition. Gallery of Photographic Society, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
1988 Exhibition of the FACT group. Exhibition Hall Na Kashirke, Moscow, Russia
1982 Exhibition of the FACT group. Kiek in de kök Municipal Museum Filial, Tallinn, Estonia
1981 Exhibition of the FACT-81 group, editorial offices of the magazine Knowledge is Power, Moscow, Russia; Exhibition of Photo Clubs of Volga. Photo Art Week in Chuvash ASSR, Cheboksary
1979 Let the Sun Shine Forever. ‘Rakurs’ Photo Club, Cheboksary, Chuvash ASSR
Sergey Chilikov. Selected Works 1978 – by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2011