Anton Benois
b. 1979 Moscow, USSR
Australian national
based in Oslo & Trondheim, Norway

Statement of Artistic Practice

 

My artistic practice explores the intersections of self,
object and place. These instances are often charged
with notions of heritage, worth and belonging. In
particular, exile and migration as agents of disruption
and dislocation are vital nodes in my research and art
making. This artistic direction is in part a consequence
of my multimigratory past, which began with flight
from a collapsing Soviet Union to an alienating
Brooklyn at ten years of age.

 

The relationship between people and things is vital
here. Subjects and their objects are in flux, always
becoming. Which objects do we choose to take with
us, which to leave behind - whether in our bags or
minds? These choices are essential ingredients in
personal narratives and myth-making. Here objects
are a way to oppose sociopolitical disruptions, to fly
in the face of identity-defining systems. A way of
claiming own histories by virtue of material choice.

Education

2018-2019 Master of Fine Art, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway (completed June 2019)
2017-2018 Master of Contemporary Art, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Norway (transferred to Trondheim)
2001 Bachelor of Science, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA

 

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Living Objects, Babel Visningsrom, Trondheim, Norway  —Upcoming
2020 TBD, Podium, Oslo, Norway —
Upcoming, August 27, 2020
2018 On a Clear Day You Can See into Forever, Gallery Blunk, Trondheim, Norway
2018 Come Inside Me, Dalsbo Kiosken (site-specific), Tromsø, Norway
2016 Outsider Artist, Inside, Kulttuurikeskus Vanha Paukku, Lapua, Finland

 

Duo Exhibitions
2018
Holy Smokes, (with Malin Lin Nordström), Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway

2016 I’m Still New Here, (with Beth Dillon), Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2015 Ego Trip, (with Beth Dillon), TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede, Netherlands
2015 I’m New Here, (with Beth Dillon), First Draft, Sydney, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions & Festival Screenings
2020 Trøndelagsutstillingen, Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst, Trondheim, Norway —
Upcoming
2019 Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2019 Bridges Are Burning: MFA Graduate Exhibition, Trondheim Kunstmuseet Gråmølna, Norway
2019 Experimental Video Art, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2018 Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival, Harstad, Norway
2018 Switch, Gallery KIT, Trondheim, Norway
2017 Oh, it’s a Horror Show, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2017 Out of, Gallery Snerk, Tromsø, Norway
2016 Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland
2015 Fridge, Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 Skammdegi, Listhus, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland
2014 The Breakup, 107 Projects, Sydney, Australia

 

Artist in Residence
2021 Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway —
Upcoming
2021 Kunstkvarteret Lofoten, Leknes, Norway —Upcoming
2020 Podium Summer Residency, Oslo, Norway —
Current
2019 PRAKSIS, Oslo, Norway
2017 Listhus, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland (Residency Coordinator)
2016 Vanha Paukku, Lapua, Finland
2015 ARE, Enschede, Netherlands
2014-15 Listhus, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland

Grants & Prizes
2019 Trondheim Kommunes Kulturstipend, Norway
2019 BKH Kunststudentstipend, Norway
2019 Kulturrådet Norge Diversestipend, Norway


Memberships
Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Norway
Norske Billedkunstnere, Norway


Bibliography
2019 Hvem blir man når man graver i fortiden? Interview, Mina S. Haufmann, Høstutstillingens Katalog, Norway
2019 Dette er Ikke en Utstilling, Exhibition Review, Eline Bjerkan, Billedkunst, Nr. 4, 2019, Norway (also artscene.no)
2019 Opplysningstid, Exhibition Review, Nicholas Norton, 21.05.2019, Kunstkritikk, Norway
2015 I’m New Here, Exhibition Review, Tracey Clement, Art Guide Australia, September 2015, Australia
2015 I’m New Here, Catalogue Essay, Alison Groves, 01.07.2015, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Australia

©2020 Anton Benois