Sergey Melnitchenko, ‘Behind the Scenes #16’, 2016, MO-Industries

Artist Statement:
"Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors. All of this in a club, the club where I was working. One year had passed since I came to Asia to work as a dancer. The last few months we had performed in a Chinese club, which was more like a huge bar with a stage, because none of the visitors is dancing here. At one moment I realized how many great things were going on here. That’s how the series “Behind the Scenes” started. 
It is the reverse, the invisible side of the club, the atmosphere, of which I became a part. Behind the scenes there is more burlesque than on the stage, the concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen. There’s no falsehood – it’s not a scene, it’s their everyday life, our life, or rather, mine." (Sergey Melnitchenko)

Series: Behind the Scenes

Image rights: Sergey Melnitchenko

2017 • Winner of “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2017” – Berlin, Germany
2017 • Book signing of “Behind the scenes” book in frames of “Paris Photo 2017” and “Polycopies” – Paris, France
2017 • Photography on a Postcard Private View – London, UK

2017 • Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winners and Finalists – Berlin, Germany

2017 • Projection of finalists of “Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017” at Voies off festival during Les Rencontres Internacionales de la Photographie – Arles, France
2017 • Photolux Festival/The exhibition of the two winning projects and all the finalists of Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017 – Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
2017 • “PLAYDAY”, Face Foundation Gallery – Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 • “Paris Photo 2017″, ”Behind the scenes”/Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017 – Paris, France

2017 • ”Behind the scenes” – Mykolayiv, Ukraine

2017 • ”Behind the scenes” Trzecie OKO Gallery – Krakow, Poland

About Sergey Melnitchenko

Ukrainian, b. 1991, Mykolayiv, Ukraine, based in Mykolayiv, Ukraine

Solo Shows

2017
Face Foundation Gallery, 
Kyiv, Ukraine,
Playday
2017
Paris Photo, 
Paris, France,
Behind the Scenes | Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017
2017
Trzecie OKO Gallery, 
Kraków, Poland,
Behind the Scenes
2015
Landskrona Fotofestival, 
Landskrona, Sweden,
Les amours imaginaries | Landskrona Fotofestival
2014
OFF_festival Bratislava 2014, 
Bratislava, Slovakia,
Schwarzenegger is my idol
2014
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Valdivia, Chile,
Military Commissariat

Group Shows

2017
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, 
Arles, France,
Finalists of “Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017” at Voies off festival
2017
Photo Kyiv Photography Art Fair, 
Kyiv, Ukraine,
Photo Kyiv
2017
Centre Culturel d’Ukraine en France, 
Paris, France,
Photographie Contemporaine d’Ukraine
2017
Photolux Festival, 
Lucca, Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy,
Exhibition of the two winning projects and finalists of Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017
2017
Little Odessa Gallery, 
Paris, France,
Group Exhibition
2016
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, 
Arles, France,
The Smell Of Dust III
2015
Gogolfest, 
Kyiv, Ukraine,
Game into Reality
2015
Pinchuk Art Center, 
Kyiv, Ukraine,
Finalists of Pinchuk Art Centre Prize