This session features talks by artist, critic and cofounder of IMHO Gallery in Saratov, Aleksei Trubetskov; artist, member of NORA group from Togliatti, Natalia Matveeva; deputy director of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Samara, critic Konstantin Zatsepin; and artist and curator from Nizhny Novgorod, Artem Filatov.
Aleksei Trubetskov (b. 1964, Saratov, Russia) — artist. Lives and works in Saratov. He graduated from Saratov State Medical University in 1987, holds a PhD in Medicine and is a Professor of Medicine. He has been making art since 1991 and has taken part in over 100 exhibitions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Saratov and other cities. He is a co-founder and has read courses Contemporary Art: Overcoming Prejudice and Contemporary Art: Important Subjects at IMHO Gallery in Saratov since 2015. His research project Contemporary Art in Russian Regions has received the President’s grant for art and cultural projects of national importance (2015).
Natalia Matveeva (b. 1983, Togliatti, Russia) — artist. Lives and works in Togliatti. From 2013 to 2015 she participated in SQUAT: Defragmentation, the Povolzhye regional festival of contemporary art; Open University an education project; and Art Commune, the art cluster in Togliatti. In 2016 she formed the art group Children of Gr. Sukina (currently NORA) with Alyona Budarina and founded the apartment gallery vNORE. Since summer 2016 she has been collecting an archive of contemporary art events in Togliatti.
Konstantin Zatsepin (b. 1980, Samara Region, Russia) — curator and critic. Lives and works in Samara. He graduated in Philology from Samara State University in 2003 and holds a PhD in Philology. From 2010 to 2014 he was a member of Laboratoria Group (with Vladimir Logutov, Andrey Syaylev, Ilya Samorukov and Oleg Elagin). From 2011 to 2016 he was Deputy Head at Samara Oblast Museum of Art, and is currently the Deputy Director at ROSIZO’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Samara. He has written on contemporary art for the Moscow Art Magazine, the New Literary Observer and DI. He is the author of The Visual Space (2016) and edited the collection The Anatomy of the Art Scene (2015).
Artem Filatov (b. 1991, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) — artist, curator. Lives and works in Nizhny Novgorod. He is the organizer of the street festival Nizhny Novgorod: The Ancient, Nizhny Novgorod (2014–2016). He curated the exhibition Nalitso, Futuro Gallery, Nizhny Novgorod (2016) and co-curated the exhibition The Life of the Living (with Alisa Savitskaya), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Nizhny Novgorod (2016). First solo exhibition: Tabula (with Vladimir Chernyshev), Artwin Gallery, Moscow (2015). Group exhibitions include: 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Museum of Moscow (2014); and The Museum of Great Hopes, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Nizhny Novgorod (2015). He was the recipient of a grant for emerging artists from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016)