“The roots of my practice start in my upbringing in Belarus. The complex interactions between human religious practices and non-human life that I witnessed in the village of my grandparents, the ghostly presence of soviet ideology that left behind numerous material and mental artefacts and the insight into science that I inherited from my parents. The biographical elements from my past appear as anchors for the future works.

My practice is based on creating temporal ‘situations’ which shift and evolve throughout the exhibition. Such situations combine sculptural elements, data-flows and various living and non-living agents. I see my practice as a process of mapping, where the connections and interactions take the main focus. My goal is not in creating fixed knowledge, but rather a space of constant negotiation.

Central to my research is the conviction that the physical realm of the natural sciences and the ethereal realm of communication, cognition and consciousness are part of the same living ‘fabric’. Not as a singular topic in itself, rather I see that conviction as a framework which guides my practice.

Analysing, mapping and exploring different points of interaction between agency and matter. My work becomes a sort of a map where the material landscape is entangled with the ever-changing pool of human psyche and it’s physical manifestations. Through it I investigate the relationship between the nostalgic fictional ‘nature’, speculative beliefs and utopian narratives that deposit as physical sediments in the environment. “

Filipp Groubnov is an interdisciplinary artist. He was born in Belarus in 1995, where he lived until moving to the Netherlands in 2015 to pursue a career as an artist. Filipp's work is informed by his background in science (having studied in the physics faculty of Belarusian State University), his fascination of the biological systems and their relation to the human symbolism.

Contact:  info@groubnov.com ;  @groubnov_filipp

Represented by Josilda da Conceição Gallery