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

My artistic practice primarily uses the mediums of installation, performance and video to create environments where the essence of objects is troubled, exploring their heritage and worth. Thematically I am focused on provenance and dispossession, everyday rituals and global dissociative flows, particularly in the digital age. These themes are explored in individual and collaborative practice-based artistic research.
 

My aim is to develop a new methodology for interpreting objects, a type of manifesto for daily actions related to the relationship between people and things. Issues of authorship, institutional intent and cultural and spatial proximity have been very present in recent works, as I investigate the place of the individual within social systems and cultural shifts.

In essence, I am fascinated by both objects of daily being and the iconised Cultural Artifacts, and the interpretation of how our relationship with both categories of things shapes and
is shaped by societal implications and interpersonal relations.

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 & 2-Person Exhibitions
2018 On a Clear Day You Can See into Forever, Gallery Blunk, Trondheim, Norway
2018 Holy Smokes, (with Malin Lin Nordström), Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway
2018 Come Inside Me, Dalsbo Kiosken (site-specific), Tromsø, Norway
2016 Outsider Artist, Inside, Kulttuurikeskus Vanha Paukku, Lapua, Finland
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
2019 Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2019 Bridges Are Burning: MFA Graduate Exhibition, Trondheim Kunstmuseet Gråmølna, Norway
2019 Experimental Video Art, 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
2020 Kunstkvarteret Lofoten, Leknes, Norway (Upcoming)
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

©2019 Anton Benois