In her cycle of discussions How Heroes Left and We Stayed. Actionism 2020, artist Katrin Nenasheva will talk to artists, activists, former prisoners, and people with disabilities touching upon the specificity of art activist and actionist practices of the 2010s, the history of Russian actionism, the unique features of its “third wave,” and the efficiency of such practices.
Russian actionism and art activism still tend to be associated with images of heroic artists challenging society and sacrificing their freedom for the sake of political and cultural change. However, the art of action of the second half of the 2010s, defined by a number of scholars as the third wave of actionism, went in the completely opposite direction: having consciously abandoned the single-hero concept, actionist artists and art activists began engaging the most diverse people in their actions and exploring new interaction formats effective in the urban environment.
These discussions are a prologue to the project Urban Self-Expression Headquarters—a creative laboratory aimed at the development and study of current direct-action practices, that will be on view at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.
Katrin Nenasheva dedicates this lecture series to the artist Yulia Tsvetkova.