The map of the world is changing, and as borders between the states are being redefined, ‘zones of exclusion’ emerge in areas of greatest political and cultural tension.
Regardless of the roots of social conflicts, they tend to result in growing xenophobia, which can put contemporary art on the brink of survival.
What can an artist do to overcome the alienation and disregard for contemporary art in an increasingly conservative society? How can our cultural policies help people who inhabit these ‘exclusion zones’?
Discussing these questions will be art theorists and practitioners from Russia, neighboring countries, and Eastern Europe, affected by recent geopolitical conflicts.
Tatyana Volkova (b. 1978, Moscow) is registrar at Garage Media Archive. In 2004 she studied at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. From 2000 to 2013 she was part of Andrey Erofeev’s curatorial team at the Department of Current Trends of Tsaritsyno Museum and Natural Reserve, and later at the the State Tretyakov Gallery and ArtKladovka Archive of Russian Contemporary Art. In 2011, she became the founder and member of the executive team of MediaUdar Festival, which has taken place in Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Moscow, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Samara, Saint Petersburg, and Togliatti. She writes and gives lectures on contemporary art and is the recipient of Kariatida Prize (2013).
Kornelia Ichin (b. 1964, Belgrade) is a literary and Slavic scholar, translator, and expert in Russian avant-garde. She studied Philology at the Belgrade University and is now working as a professor at the same department. She has been the chief editor of Matica Srpska Journal of Slavic Studies since 2013. She lives and works in Belgrade.
Sasha Obukhova (b. 1967, Moscow) is an art historian and curator of Garage Archive Collection. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1992 and in 1993 studied at the Central European University (Prague). She has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and the National Center for Contemporary Art. In 2000 she was part of the working group that curated The Art of the Second Half of the XX Century, a permanent exhibition for the Tretyakov Gallery. In 2004 she became a founding member and director of the Art Projects Foundation, where she established ACRA (the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Kandinsky Prize.
Polina Rodrigues (b.1979, Simferopol) is a set designer, costume designer, illustrator, and curator of the arts section at Ya-Yunost Festival (Simferopol). In 2010, Rodriguez founded the art group Dom na kolesakh. She has taken part in a number of group exhibitions, including Bloom (Sevastopol, 2011), Hitch & Clam (Sevastopol, 2011, 2013), Triennial of Young Art (Simferopol, 2011), and Turning Tides (Durham, 2016). Her recent performances include Through the Fingers (Sevastopol, 2016), Frames (Nizhny Novgorod, 2017) and Meshes (Moscow, 2017). She lives and works in Simferopol.
Anton Romanov (b. 1985, Simferopol) is a performance artist and theatre director. In 2003, he completed a course in Event Directing at the Crimea College of Culture and in 2011 graduated from Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts. He has worked at Severodonetsk Drama Theatre, Cherkassk Academic Shevchenko Theatre of Music and Drama, Young Academic Theatre in Kiev, and Kiev’s Sozvezdie Studio among other Ukrainian theatres. From 2003 to 2014, he was director at Mi Theatre in Simferopol. In 2016, he became the co-founder and director of PostPlay Theatre. In the same year, he took part in Polish-Ukrainian project Maps of Fear/Maps of Identity in Lviv. He lives and works in Kiev.
Anton Trofimov (b. 1981, Simferopol) is an artist, photographer and philosopher. In 2004, he graduated in Philosophy from Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University in Simferopol and in 2006 completed his studies at the Graduate School of European Cultures of the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. He has published several articles on the history of Soviet intelligentsia and civil society. He was the organiser of several Monstration rallies in Simferopol (2009-2014) and the national language test Total Dictation (2014-2017). He lives and works in Simferopol.