Dmitry Prigov - poet, artist, image maker


The famous Soviet and Russian poet Dmitry Prigov was born in the family of the pianist and engineer on November 5, 1940. After graduating from school, he entered the Stroganov School in the department of sculpture, and after graduation he worked in Moscow's architecture management. Since 1975, Dmitry Prigov was a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR, and in 1985 he became a member of the avant-garde club. Poems were published mainly abroad in emigre magazines of the USA, France and Germany, as well as in uncensored (samizdat) editions in Russia. There was no great fame, but many people knew that there was such Prigov Dmitry Alexandrovich.



The texts of his poems consisted mainly of slapstick, the manner of presentation was exalted, a bit like click, which caused a healthy bewilderment to the majority of readers. As a result, 1986 was marked by compulsory treatment in a psychiatric clinic, from which protests led by Bella Akhmadulina, both domestically and abroad, quickly got him. Naturally, during perestroika, Dmitry Prigov became an extremely popular poet, and since 1989 his works have been published in incredible quantities in almost all media where the format allowed, and he has changed almost everywhere.

In 1990, Prigov joined the Union of Writers of the USSR, and in 1992 he became a member of the PEN Club. From the end of the 80s he was an indispensable participant of television programs, published collections of poems and prose, even a large book of his interview was published in 2001. Dmitry Prigov was awarded with various awards and grants. Most patrons were German - Alfred Tepfer Foundation, German Academy of Arts and others. But Russia also suddenly noticed what good verses Dmitry Prigov wrote.



Literary activity did not immediately become fundamental in the work of Dmitry Prigov. He was the author of a huge number of all sorts of performances, installations, collages and graphic works. He was an active participant in the underground actions in the field of literature and visual arts.

Since 1980, his sculptures have participated in exhibitions abroad, and in 1988 a personal exhibition was held in Chicago. Theatrical and musical projects were also often accompanied by the participation of Prigov. Since 1999, Prigov Dmitry Alexandrovich led all sorts of festivals, sat on the jury of various competitions.



Vsevolod Nekrasov, Ilya Kabakov, Lev Rubinstein, Vladimir Sorokin, Francisco Infante and Dmitry Prigov plowed up and ideologically sowed the field of Russian conceptualism - trends in art, where the priority belongs not to quality, but to the semantic expression and concept (concept).

The poetic image is the main point on which the whole individual system of the creator of incorruptible art concentrates. Prigov has developed a whole strategy for constructing an image, where every gesture is thought out and equipped with a concept.

Image maker

It took many years to try on a variety of images of exceptional utility: a poet-resonator, a clicker, a mystical leader, and so on. One of the interesting elements is the use of the middle name on a mandatory basis, it is possible as “Aleksanych”, it is possible without a surname, but with a traditional pronunciation. The intonation is like this: “And who will do it for you? Dmitry Aleksanych, is it? ”- with a hint of“ our everything ”, that is, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin.

The heightened attention to image is not in itself a characteristic feature of conceptualism, but nevertheless, times have passed when, in order to be a poet, it was enough to write good poems. Over time, sophistication in creating your own image began to dominate creativity as such. And this phenomenon began beautifully - Lermontov, Akhmatova … Conceptualists brought this minor tradition almost to the point of absurdity.


Life as an experiment

Prigov's reflexive efforts brought this strange pseudo-philosophical platform under the verse constructions, as in Mayakovsky - in small places. The “militiaman” interprets the sacred role of the state in human existence, in “Tarakanomakhia” there is an attempt to uncover an ancient low base that brings into existence the presence of domestic insects.

Any innovative writer experiments with material, styles, techniques, genres, language. The tendency in Prigov's work is the connection of any artistic practice with mass culture, everyday life, often with a kitsch. The effect, of course, the reader is shocking.


Envy to the "favorites of the public"?

Here you can also mention the transformation of the works of many other authors - from classics to nameless graphomanes, which pursues not so much an aesthetic as an ideological goal. The “Samizdat” version of “Eugene Onegin” became an example of this, and Prigov from Pushkin tried to make Lermontov, replacing the adjectives.

The most commonly used performance among the followers of the muse Prigov is the reading of classical works aloud, with whine, sings, in the style of Muslim and Buddhist chants, which are named after the poet (“the verdict mantras”). Dmitry Prigov, whose biography is extremely rich in events, wrote a huge number of more than thirty-five thousand poems. He died in July 2007 in a hospital after a heart attack at the age of sixty-seven. He was buried at Donskoy Cemetery, where he is often visited by compatriots and foreign guests, impressed by his works and way of life.

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