Palazzo Lucarini / Petr Davydtchenko


“The bug is the ultimate symptom of the global economy.”
Tony Blair, 1999

a/political presents Millennium Worm, a solo exhibition by artist Petr Davydtchenko opening at Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, Trevi on the 16 March 2019. For the exhibition Davydtchenko will unveil a multimedia site-specific installation, the first of its kind since he began living exclusively on a diet of animals killed on the road. The artist’s daily routine includes cycling along roads to scavenge for dead animals; eating only the meat of roadkill, scraping carcasses to repurpose into food, blankets and soap. Rather than being in opposition to the current system, he offers an alternative, semi-autonomous and non- governed way of life.

Influenced by the biggest disruptive advancement to the economy since the 2008 crash, Davydtchenko comments on his practice, “I live like a token in the crypto-ecosystem. Decentralised, semi-autonomous and not governed by past hierarchies.” He lives on the fringes of the global economic system, completely off- grid and politically non-aligned with the far right or far left. To challenge the hysteria of the metropolis, Davydtchenko relocated from London to Maubourguet, a post-industrial village in the south of France, in 2015. The artist established a life living as a ‘virus’, exploiting the agricultural ecosystem as a parasite dependent on its waste. Through his practice, Davydtchenko translates economic models into a new form of existence – bridging art and life.

During the exhibition, the artist will reside at Palazzo Lucarini - a cultural institution situated in central Italy, committed to promoting the culture of modernity - building his own environment from found and bartered utilitarian materials. The minimalist structure is a shelter and an archive, revealing his daily condition through process, form, animal skins, videos and objects.

Petr Davydtchenko was born in modern Sarov (previously known as Arzamas-16) - a closed military town in Russia in 1986. Growing up in St. Petersburg he experienced the hostility of far-right groups before moving to Europe where he developed a practice that reinterpreted social codes through totalitarian aesthetics. His archival practice has developed into an ideological case study, used by interdisciplinary academics theorising an alternative socio-economic reality. Next year Davydtchenko will open a pop-up restaurant, using the skills he has developed over the past three years. “I will work towards Michelin Stars. I think the public will be surprised at what I can bring from the road to the table.”

Palazzo Lucarini - Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea 
via Beato Placido Riccardi, 
06039 TREVI (Pg), 
Italy 
T. +39 0742 38 10 21