Pavel Pepperstein (b. 1966, Moscow) lives and works in Moscow. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1985 to 1987 and was one of the founders of the group Inspection Medical Hermeneutics (1987–2001). In 1989, he began to work as an independent artist, writer, critic, and rapper. Solo exhibitions include: The Human as a Frame for the Landscape (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019); The Future Enamored with the Past, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015); Pavel Pepperstein, Kunstmuseum Basel (2006); Gods and Monsters, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2002); and Portrait of an Old Man (with Ivan Dmitriev), State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (1997). Group exhibitions include: 1st Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); Ostalgia, New Museum, New York (2011); Russian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); 26th São Paulo Art Biennial, São Paulo (2004); Moscow–Berlin / Berlin–Moscow, 1950–2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, State Historical Museum, Moscow (2003–2004); and Kunst im Verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Russlands 1957–1995, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, documenta-Halle, Kassel, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg (1995). He is the author of the books An Old Man’s Diet (1997), Mythogenic Love of Castes (1999), Spring (2010), A Prague Night (2011), and The Age of Theme Parks (2017), and Fields in Bloom (2020). In 2014, he was awarded the Kandinsky Prize for Project of the Year.
Lev Oborin (b. 1987, Moscow) is a poet, critic, translator, editor at the Polka project. He has written four books of poetry and is the co-founder of the Razlichie Poetry Award (Russia). He is the editor of the Everyday Culture series at the Russian publishing house New Literary Observer and has contributed articles, reviews, and essays on literature to Gorky, Afisha Daily, Colta.ru, Meduza, Arzamas, Novy mir, Znamya, Oktyabr, Vozdukh, and other publications. He is a recipient of the Znamya Literary Award. He lives and works in Moscow.