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BUGAYEV Sergei (Afrika)


  • Afrika (real name Sergei Bugaev) is a Russian artist.
  • He was born in Novorossiysk in 1966 and moved to Leningrad in the early 1980s.
  • Shortly thereafter he adopted the artistic moniker “Afrika” and began working as an artist.
  • Afrika works mainly in performance and installation art.
  • His 1993 project “Krimania” took the form of an initial performance, which involved the artist spending three weeks in a mental institution in Simferopol, Crimea, at the end of which he staged an exhibition for the patients and staff of the hospital.
  • The second part of the project was a major exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (MAK), entitled “Krimania: Icons, Monuments, Mazáfaka.” The work addresses the issue of collective versus individual identity of the Soviet citizen after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
  • In 1999 Afrika represented Russia at the 48th Venice Biennale.
  • He is the member of various projects and groups:
  • Since 1981 member of “Pop-mechanics” project, Leningrad.
  • Since 1983 member of “New artists” group, Leningrad.
  • Since 1985 member of “Friends of Mayakovsky Club”, Leningrad.
  • Since 1993 member of the Crimean Association for Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists.
  • He currently lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Miami and New York.


  • 1999: Russian Federation Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (cat.) 
  • Space Day (with Adam Bartos), Space Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Sergei Bugaev Afrika. No Name Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (cat.)
  • Sergei Bugaev Afrika, Galerie Vedovi, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2000: Mir: Made in the XX Century, I-20 Gallery, New York (cat.)
  • 2002: Stalker 3, I-20 Gallery, New York
  • 2005: Sergei Bugaev Afrika, State Tratyakov Gallery, The National Russian Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia

Selected group exhibitions:

  • 2004: Berlin-Moscow/Moscow-Berlin 1950-2000, State Tretyakov Gallery, The National Russian Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia (cat)
    Lacoon Devoured. Curated by Daniel Eguskiza. ARTIUM, Basque Center-Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (cat.)
    Channel 0. Curated by Katerina Gregos. Netherlands Video Art Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (cat.)
    Watch Out! Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Curated by Kari J. Brandtzaeg. The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway. (Cat.)
  • 2005: “Ars Digital. Curated by Joulia Strauss. The 1st Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
  • 2006: Russia! The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

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