Biography

Oleg Mavromatti is an artist and filmmaker who makes films since 1989. In 1995 Mavromatti founded the independent film union SUPERNOVA, manifested as a fortress of Moscow radical cinema. Some films produced within the movement like “The Green Elephant” (1999) and “Bastards” (2000) became cult movies at that time and a decade later they inspired the appearance of Internet communities which create and share fan memes based on these films daily. Mavromatti is also a prominent representative of radical performance art scene in 1990s Moscow.

He has been legally prosecuted for his critical performance art and film work (such as the famous performance “Ne ver’ glazam” (“Do Not believe Your Eyes”), 2000, part of his film Holst/Maslo (“Oil on Canvas”), 2000- unfinished). His art and film archive has been confiscated in 2000, for what reason many of his early works are completely lost or accessible only from VHS copies. Mavromatti left the country in 2000 and since then he lives in Bulgaria and New York, where he continues making films and art. His work has been featured in numerous publications in monographs such as Rosyisky actionism 1990-2000 (“Russian Actionism 1990-2000”) and art journals like “Art in America.” He has been also a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups from the 1990s like “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK.

In Bulgaria, together with artist and filmmaker Boryana Rossa he established international art collective ULTRAFUTURO, which focuses on the social, political and ethical impacts of technology on contemporary society. Works by the group have been shown at places such as Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Akademie der Kuntse, Berlin; Exit Art, New York; Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and others.

FILMOGRAPHY

Director: Little Knife Leedaboo (expected 2015), Blind Spot (2007), ULTRAFUTURO Manifest (2005), The Rats are Leaving the Shop (2002), Naj-goliamoto kiyfte v sveta / The Biggest Meatball in the World (2001), X Mask (2000) Viblyadki / Bastards (2000), Holst/maslo / Oil on Canvas (2000), Tainaya estetika marsianskih shpionov / The Secret Aesthetic of the Martian Spies, 1,2, 3. (1997-1999), Ne istite etu peredachu v programme / Don’t Look for This Show in the Programme (1995), Odinadtsat pisem vnutr / Eleven Internal Letters (1995), Chervi Benettona / Benetton Worms (1989). Producer: Zeleniy slonik / The Green Elephant (1999), Kokki begustiy doctor / Кokki the Running Doctor (1998). Actor: Kokki begustiy doctor / Кokki the Running Doctor (1998); Holst/maslo / Oil on Canvas (2000); The Juche Idea (2010); The Inner Trotsky Child Series (2014).