Senko Studio celebrates its 5 years anniversary. The result is 50 exhibitions in Senko Studio, 22 exhibitions in Senko Frame, showing videos after dark and one exhibition in the brand new Senko Windows Project, which started late March 2007. Sergei Sviatchenko the owner has expanded the activities of the gallery all through the five years. I interviewed Sergei in his first floor studio in downtown Viborg, an old city in the centre of Jutland.
How do you see the relationship today between Senko Studio and the local authorities? You have several times asked for economic support from the city?
Yes, I have applied many times, and I have always been turned down. The city
In the city plans are circulating concerning a large art centre close to the lakes. Does Senko Studio still play a role in these plans?
claims, that it can’t support a private gallery. They don’t seem to understand, that Senko is not commercial, and it will never be commercial. That is not part of the concept. It is very rare, that a piece of art is sold in the gallery. I work with experiments and installations, and these things are not up for sale.
No, I have dropped my participation in that project. Senko Studio is a unique institution today. Many artists are fascinated by the concept, where the whole street is drawn into the gallery because of the huge windows. Everything can be seen from the street, and sometimes the artists use the windows as a part of their installations.
The gallery itself is quite small but it is well suited for installations and experiments.
If I were to be part of an art centre, I would be forced to have regular opening hour, I would have to depend on others to help run the gallery. In other words my complete freedom would be lost. I think the strength of Senko Studio lies in my artistic freedom. It is better to be honest, and realize that I do not fit into such an art centre.
I hope that I can get economic support from private sponsors. They might se an advantage in supporting an experimental gallery. I also expect it to possible to cooperate with Kunsthallen Brænderigården in the future. In the autumn together we show an exhibition of Canadian Contemporary art. I look forward to that. I would be very pleased, if the city supported me financially, but I think it is not very likely.
I am not bitter. Viborg has given me so much. My family loves the city. It is an advantage to me, that the city is not that big. It is a challenge to work with experimental art here, and a lot of companies and friends support me economically and personally. PS-Tryk, Bergmann Skilte, Frits Kjær, Laier, Birk Laursen Offset and Ingolf Kristiansen. It is a nice gesture from all these people.