Nathalie Djurberg and Jan Švankmajer create films that simultaneously shock and captivate the viewer, depicting scenes of graphic violence and morbid fantasies. This lecture considers what happens when artworks transgress moral boundaries; when they subvert our accepted cultural values. Why is this an important concept within contemporary artistic practice, and what does it mean for an artist to be ‘unethical’?
Andrey Erofeev – art historian, curator. He worked as an architect, a research associate, later as a senior research associate of the architecture theory and history central research institute in the Russian and Soviet architecture department (VNIITAG). He headed the division of latest trends in the State historical, architectural, art and landscape museum and reserve “Tsaritsyno”. He collected more than two thousand works of modern (“nonconformist”) Russian-Soviet art. He was the head of the latest trends department in the State Tretyakov gallery from 2002 to 2008.
Julia Liderman – is the cultural studies scholar, the researcher of modern theatrical and fine arts, as well as the late Soviet and the new Russian cinema. She graduated GITIS (1996), Institute of the European cultures at RSUH (2000), postgraduate studies at RSUH (2003). Received Ph.D. cultural studies (2004). She was published in various magazines, including Znamya, New Literary Review, Art of film, Pro et Contra, etc.