Tamkovich-Friske, Ian

(Rus. Ян Тамкович-Фриске; Born 1992 (27), Razvilka) is a Russian character created by artist Nikita Tereshenko who represent himself as "one of the few people who live what's called a lowlife" [1]. 0.06 *

Name: Ian
Surname: Tamkovich-Friske
Other: Ian, Jan, Yan Ginzbourg, Individual Entrepreneur, Индивидуальный предприниматель, Nikita Tereshenko
Born: 1992
Age: 27
City: Razvilka
Venue: Center "Red"
Founder: of the “Pre-Raëlite” Brotherhood
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Jan Tamkovich-Friske at the grave cross of Zhanna Friske, thrown into the dustbin

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Also known with his series of provocative photos that includes images of symbols of celebrities having died or killed recently, among them a Russian actress, singer and model Zhanna Friske and scientist, statesman and liberal politician Boris Nemtsov. Ian working and living in Moscow.


Year Exhibition Place
2016 Bound to Death. Equal Marriage Center “Red”
2015 Immortality Certificate Center “Red” [2]

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A charschter of Ian Tamkovich-Friske in 2017

Photo: Afisha.yuga.ru

The figure of Yan Tamkovich-Friske

He is familiar though in different incarnations. Appeared for the first time in 2014 as Individual Entrepreneur, in the course of workshops run by artist Anastasia Ryabova and critic Alexandra Novozhenova in the Rodchenko School in 2015 and 2016, a concept emerged that artists are not who they say they are. Through discussions with students it turned out that they considered themselves but rather “small business owners”. The “real” Tamkovich persistently resisted, even called himself the “original” but nothing helped. As a result he began introducing himself as Yan Ginzbourg at every possible opportunity. The imitator was victorious. The “original” and the “copy” even had an altercation at one of the “Nights of Vernissages” at the Vinzavod Contemporary Art Center, the video of which was a hit in artistic circles for a while. In November 2016 Tamkovich-Friske and Individual Entrepreneur held a gay-wedding in Center “Red” “Bound to Death. Equal Marriage” [3].

The Merge

In the early summer of 2016, a case occurred that finally tipped the scales in the direction of Tamkovich-Friske. An employee of the NCCA called him and asked if he could come and sign an agreement for the transportation of Tamkovich’s work from one gallery to another, which he did. Thus, one of the largest Moscow institutions – the NCCA – has officially recognized that there is no difference between Tamkovichi. For the blind bureaucratic machine, they became one person [4].

See also


[1] Ян Тамкович-Фриске, I’m one of the few people who live what’s called a lowlife. (Vk.com)

[2, 3] Theme: Psycho (DI #6-2017)

[4] Ян Тамкович-Фриске — поучительная история о том, как в 25 стать самым парадоксальным и ненавидимым современным художником Москвы (Knife)

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