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Maria and Natalia Petschatnikov


Born 1973 in St. Petersburg, Russia
Live and work in Hamburg, Germany since 1999

1992 – 1996 Rhode Island College, Providence, USA (BFA)
1996 – 1999 Hunter College of the City University of New York, USA (MFA)
1998 Ecole National Superior des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (Exchange program)

1999 – till present numerous exhibitions and residency programs

Artists’ statement

We are identical twins and we work together on each piece. Ideas for our projects evolve through discussions and shared observations. Collaborative process allows both of us to engage in experiments with materials and subject matter. Humor and irony, characteristic of our work, evolve through constant dialogues between us. The experience of traveling and working in artists’ residency programs has greatly influenced our working methods and inspired development of certain concepts and ideas.

The choice of materials and its relationship to a given place plays a very important role in all our projects. Oil paintings and sight specific installations, among other processes, form a vocabulary of our work practice. Our works often reflect the world of two very closely connected people. We are interested in private and yet universal things that somehow tell a very personal story. Perceptions of reality and its documentation, notions of ‘truth’, ‘manipulation’ and ‘fiction’ are reoccurring themes in our projects.

In an informal discussion at the Platform Gallery in Vaasa we would like to share some of the ideas developed during a two-month residency at Atelje Stundars as well as give a small overview of our previous projects.


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