Exhibition: “Russland vs. Russland. Kulturkonflikte”


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he open forum and the exhibition “Russland vs. Russland. Kulturkonflikte” shows the diversity of current artistic positions in Russia. Artists, curators and researchers negotiate political art, art activism, street art and public art. The main questions are: Can critical art influence social and political processes in Russia? How independent is art in Russia? Do artists give in to self-censorship and resignation? Or will an artistic spring follow?

With Nailia Allakhverdieva, Alexander Bikbov, Sandra Frimmel, Wolfgang Knapp, Kristina Leko, Viktoria Lomasko, Artem Loskutov, Anna Nistratova, Alexandra Novozhenova, lgor Ponosov,Tima Radya, Olja Reznikova, lvor Stodolsky, Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat), Tatiana Volkova, Lilia Voronkova, Arseny Zhilyaev amongst others.

Curated by:
Alexandra Goloborodko
Alexander Formozov
Aleksandra Yurieva-Civjane

10. – 12. April 2015 in Berlin

Eröffnung / Opening:
10.04.2015, 18.00 Uhr
Keynote-Lecture +
Jazzkonzert von Arkady Shilkloper

Studio 1

Kunstquartier Bethanien

Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

Free entry

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Theme day 1

11.04.2015, 10.00 am-9.00 pm

Critical Art Rooms – socially engaged, emancipatory and subversive practices

Artists and experts negotiate strategies of critical art, (extra)institutional contexts, participative and pedagogical practices, amongst others. Projects and actions: festival for activist art Media Impact, Monstration, For the Federalization of Siberia, Drawing the Court, School for Engaged Art Chto Delat, Pedagogical Poem.

Exhibition tour and forum debate followed by a public discussion.

Simultaneous translation Russian/German.
Some lectures are held in English.

Theme day 2

12.04.2015, 10.00 am-9.00 pm

Art in Urban Space – between protest and instrumentalisation

Artists and curators discuss contradictions of (il)legal interventions in public space, Russian street art between west import and special path, amongst others. Projects: Do It Yourself Festival, Cultural Capital Perm, public art festivals St. Petersburg and Moscow, street art in Ekaterinburg, Partizaning in the city.

Exhibition tour and concluding debate followed by a public discussion.

Simultaneous translation Russian/German.
Some lectures are held in English.

Organisation: Alexandra Goloborodko,
Aleksandra Yurieva-Civjane/Projekt Butterbrot,
Alexander Formozov/iDecembrists e.V.

Partner: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien,
Institut für Kunst im Kontext, UdK Berlin.

Sponsored by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
With the friendly support of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.


Krytyka Polityczna
Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is the largest Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily Dziennik Opinii, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland (and also in Kiev and Berlin), as well as a research centre: the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.