THEO ILICHENKO (B. IN UFA, RUSSIA) IS A VIDEO AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST AND FILMMAKER FROM RUSSIA, CURRENTLY BASED IN BERLIN.
They work with hybrid forms of video and performance and develop projects with docu-fictional, site-specific and collaborative approach, bringing together very personal perspectives and heterogeneous voices in a polyphonic manner. Their topics revolve around the articulations of experiences of loss, oppression and gendered violence; politics and ethics of visual representation; artistic collaboration; love, care and empathy in the realm of politics and activism; social utopias under post-communist condition; self-organized communities and forms of togetherness; and grotesque, celebration and glamour as a resistance form in marginalized and queer communities.
Theo studied Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts, visual arts and philosophy at Bard College Berlin, film at the Russian national film school in Moscow, and has a background in dance, performance and physical theater. Their projects have been exhibited and screened at different institutions, art and performance events in Berlin and throughout Europe. Besides, they regularly work in political documentary film.