Stefan Nikolaev

Biography


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In many of Nikolaev's works, his perpetual escapology provides a sense of melancholic transportation. The work engages in a double game, a shifting to-and-fro of associations. Fear of a world being lost forever is paralleled with an equally persuasive desire to be rediscovered, differently. From here to there, somewhere to elsewhere, a transformation of subjecthood embodied in the object-world is a means of reminding us whence we came. Things are revealed as both themselves and something more than they once were. The locus of the work hides in many places, things and times at once, almost getting lost but always wanting to be found. As a box of tricks invested in an exchange economy of signs, his objects are at once strange and familiar. Employing certain tactics such as removal, revelation, displacement or dismantling, the status of things is reconfigured by enlarging, reassigning or re-imagining them, so that the resultant work provides an uncanny sense both of its own belonging within, and separateness from, the material world from which it derives.

Paul O?Neill, Bristol, August 2011    

Selected press



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Vogue Hommes

Stefan Nikolaev

October 2014

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Stefan Nikolaev

October 2014

Bravacasa

Stefan Nikolaev

May 2013

Artpress

Stefan Nikolaev

November 2010

Le journal des églises de Chelles

No Mind can know what God has in store

January 2009

Vogue Uomo

Stefan Nikolaev

November 2007

Novinar

Stefan Nikolaev

September 2007

Ego

Stefan Nikolaev

September 2007

Janus

A place you've never been before

January 2007

Flash Art

Stefan Nikolaev

July 2006

Le Monde

Une envie de révolte

Publications



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One for the Money Two for the Show

December 2012

publisher: Les Presses du réel
French / English
Texts by Emile Ouroumov, Iara Boubnova,
Paul O'Neill &Stefan Nikolaev.

260 x 205 mm
248 pages
hardcover

28 €
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