The “Wash Up, Wash Down” exhibition consists of the newest works created specifically for this project. “The Cosmic Serpents” (2019-2020) “Licker”(2021) and “Serpents of Knowledge”(2021).
Inspired by research into the methods used for whitewashing, cover-ups, censorship, fake news, the culture of distraction, camouflage, biblical mythology and fear of snakes, in his installations Kovalevskij is interested in how these acts of “washing down” are forming the psyche of society. By combining moving images of biological origins, soft metals and communication devices, he creates “creatures”, or serpents of knowledge, the spectator is invited to bite into a world illuminated by a pink hue.
Vsevolod Kovalevskij (b. 1988) lives and works between Vilnius and Tromsø. He uses architecture, photography, video installations, text and sculpture as research methodologies, creating a means to question conditions of realities.
Vsevolod attended the Rupert Educational Program in Vilnius, LT (2014), holds a BA and MA from the Vilnius Academy of Arts (2015), MA in Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Arts (2018) and Goldsmiths University (2018). Recent exhibitions include After Affect, Kurant (Tromsø, NO – 2017 ; Dimensional Verge, National Art Gallery (Vilnius, LT – 2015). Prior to his appointment as curator at Tromsø Kunstforening in 2019, he worked as a curatorial assistant at the Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius where he worked on numerous projects. Vsevolod was one of the initiators of the Lithuania based artists collective “YoungPoorArtists” (2013), he was co-running project spaces Malonioji 6 and Sodu 4 in Vilnius 2013 – 2015.
Wash Up, Wash Down
22-27 April, 2021
Rødbanken, Tromsø, Norway
Photography: Vsevolod Kovalevskij