Introducing local art scenes in this session are: critic and art historian, head of the Art History and Cultural Studies Department at the Ural State University, Tamara Galeyeva; art dealer and collector, head of Artetazh museum in Vladivostok, Aleksander Gorodniy; artist and curator from Novosibirsk, Konstantin Skotnikov and Voronezh-based artist Sergey Gorshkov.
Tamara Galeyeva (b. 1954, Sladkovo, Russia) — art historian, critic, curator. Lives and works in Yekaterinburg. She graduated in Art History from the Ural State University in 1977 and holds a PhD in Art History. She worked at the Ural State University from 1987 until 2006, when she headed the Department of Art History and Cultural Studies at the Ural Federal University. She is the head of the Center of Contemporary Culture and B. U. Kashkin Museum, Yekaterinburg. Galeyeva is a member of the Russian Union of Artists, the Russian Association of Art Critics and the International Association of Art Critics affiliated with UNESCO. She was the recipient of Priznanie award for her contribution to the history of Yekaterinburg (2014) and V. N. Tatishev and G. V. Gennin Award granted by Yekaterinburg Administration for achievement in education, culture and art (2016).
Alexander Gorodniy (b. 1951, Primorsk Krai, Russia) — art dealer, manager and collector. Lives and works in Vladivostok. He graduated in History from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok in 1982 and started collecting contemporary art in 1988. In 1990 he was the co-founder of Sotvorchestvo Cultural Foundation and Artetage Gallery (Artetage Gallery and Foundation since 1993, Artetage Museum of Modern Art since 2003). He has organised over 300 contemporary art exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
Konstantin Skotnikov (b. 1958 Mayma, Altai Krai, Russia) — artist. Lives and works in Novosibirsk. He graduated in Architecture from Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1981. From 1981 to 2015 he taught drawing, painting at sculpture at Novosibirsk State Academy of Art and Architecture. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the art group Blue Noses. From 2000 to 2005 he curated exhibitions and the education program at Yury Kondratyuk Novosibirsk Public Foundation; from 2006 to 2009 was the curator at No Soap Gallery, Novosibirsk; and from 2008 to 2009 a curator at White Cube Gallery, Novosibirsk.
Sergey Gorshkov (b. 1958, Voronezh, Russia) — artist. Lives and works in Voronezh. He graduated in Sculpture from the Penza K. A. Savitsky Art School in 1979 and formed the art group Dom with Aleksandr Nozhkin and Aleksandr Starilov in 1987. In 2004, he opened a private museum Chudo-saraichik in Divnogorye, Voronezh Oblast, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the art director at Kh.L.A.M. contemporary art gallery in Voronezh. In 2016 he opened Divnogorye Gallery in Divny Pereulok, Voronezh.