In the final conference of the series, critic and curator Oksana Budulak will speak about the current developments in contemporary art in Krasnoyarsk, artist and author Sergei Spirikhin will introduce the Saint Petersburg-based group The New Blockheads. Teacher and curator Ekaterina Sharova will focus on the unique local culture of the Russian north; while the leading expert of the Russian Museum’s Contemporary Art Department, critic and curator Olesya Turkina will trace the development of Necrorealism movement, which originated in Leningrad in the 1980s.
Oksana Budulak (b. 1984, Kokshetau, Kazakhstan) — curator and critic. Lives and works in Krasnoyarsk. She graduated in Art History from the Krasnoyarsk State University in 2006, and later attended courses at the School of Art Journalism at PRO ARTE Institute, Saint Petersburg in 2008, and the School of Textual Studies of the Russian Cultural Foundation in 2016. She took part in the programs Arts Leadership (New York, 2010) and What Is To Be Done in Art? (Novosibirsk—Leipzig, 2012–2013). From 2009 to 2015 she was the curator of Furgon art collective in Krasnoyarsk. She developed public programs and residencies for Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale (2016), Museum Night (2016), a series of independent street projects Repetitsia, Krasnoyarsk (2013–2015) and the street art project Flag v ruki, Krasnoyarsk (2016).
Sergei Spirikhin (b. 1963, Severodvinsk, Russia) — performance artist and writer. Lives and works in Vienna. In 1982 he graduated from Ivanovo Art College, and later studied at the School of Philosophy and Religion and attended the Literary Association of Viktor Sosnora, Saint Petersburg. He was a member of the art group The New Blockheads from 1996 to 2000. His publications include Syo Philosophy, Horse Meat, The Green Hills of Austria, The Wooden Submarine, Unforgettable Cinema, Unforgettable Stars (with Roksolana Mikita), and 36 or the Film of Split Consciousness (with photographer Yury Matveev). Sergei Spirikhin is a recipient of Andrei Bely Prize (2004).
Ekaterina Sharova (b. 1982, Arkhangelsk, Russia) — curator. Lives and works in Arkhangelsk and Oslo. She graduated from Lomonosov Pomorsky State University in Arkhangelsk in 2004 and received a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Oslo in 2012. Her curatorial projects include Mobile Institute. A Portable Lab for Knowledge Sharing (with r a k e t a / RAKETA_PRESS. Arkhangelsk Oblast; Art Salon Gallery, Arkhangelsk; Borey Art Center, Saint Petersburg, r a k e t a studio, Stockholm), as well exhibitions at Barents Spektakel Festival, Kirkenes, Norway (2015) and the Arctic Art Forum, Arkhangelsk (2016).
Olesya Turkina (b. 1961, Kozelsk, Russia) — curator and critic. Lives and works in Saint Petersburg. She graduated in Art History from the Leningrad State University and holds a PhD in the History of Art. She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Contemporary Art of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg since, and a senior lecturer in Interdisciplinary Research and Art Practices at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University (est. 2014). She has worked on numerous exhibitions, including MIR: Made in the 20th Century, Russian Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice (1999), Necrorealism, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2011), Beyond Zero, Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2014). She is the author of over 200 publications on contemporary art, including The Life of the Remarkable Monroe (with Viktor Mazin, 2014) and Soviet Space Dogs (2014). She is a member of the Russian Cosmonautics Federation.