Family Day: Island of Memory

Family Day: Island of MemoryFamily Day: Island of Memory


Family Day participants will find themselves in a tiny but very important place—on the Island of Memory. The Museum's guides will introduce them with the works on view at the Skylight. Together with Garage's educators, scientists, and artists, participants will reflect on memory mechanisms and learn more about the work of the brain. During the practical class, they will be invited to make a pictorial print and capture a memorable story on canvas.


Children aged 5–12 are invited to take part.

Free with advance registration.

The event is accessible for blind and visually impaired visitors, deaf and hearing impaired visitors and visitors with developmental and learning disabilities.


Thematic tour of the Triennial's Island of Memory space

Memory and recollections are not limited to a particular person. Participants will discuss the theme of family memory, using pieces created by the Triennial's artists Anna Tereshkina, Yuri Kuzmenko, and Sanya Kantarovsky as examples, and address national memory—inspired by the works of Pyotr Zakharov-Chechenets and Anna Kotomkina.



Marathon of Art Techniques: Monotype Workshop

The artist Sanya Kantarovsky has created monotypes and dedicated them to his grandmother. Members of the Marathon will learn nuances about this technique, including its history and specific features, get acquainted with some examples of monotype in art, and afterward create their own monotype prints using glass and paints. 


Garage Mezzanine

A lecture by Ilya Zakharov: “Memory: From Molecules in the Brain to the History of Society”

Some of the greatest advances of modern neuroscience have been made in the study of memory mechanisms. With many questions yet to be resolved, it is already possible to trace the path of recollections, from the interaction between neurons in the brain to the formation of complex memory images. These images, by the way, are influenced by a lot of things, including our desires and emotions, society and culture. The lecture is followed by a practical session, where participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how memory effects work.


About the lecturer

Ilya Zakharov is a psychophysiologist, senior researcher at the laboratory of developmental psychogenetics at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education. He graduated from the Department of Psychophysiology of Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Psychology. From 2008 to 2014, Zakharov was a laboratory assistant at the laboratory of clinical neurophysiology at the Serbsky National Research Centre for Social and Forensic Psychiatry and a psychophysiologist at Moscow’s North-West Center for Psychological, Medical and Social Support and the Center for Neurorehabilitation and Speech Pathology.

Garage Glass Room

Meet the artist: Irina Butkovskaya

The paintings of Irina Butkovskaya, one of Garage Triennial’s contributing artists, address the themes of the animal, vegetable, bodily, and monstrous in everyday life. Participants will be invited to recall and transfer their personal stories to the canvas. Since the artist’s paintings are executed using the artificial naive art technique, she will introduce some other practitioners working in the same manner, along with the techniques of naïve art and art brut. 


About the artist

Irina Butkovskaya (b. 1997, Novosibirsk) is an artist, author of paintings and installations. She likes to interact with the audience through experimentation with the registers of infantility, vulnerability, and care. Born in 1997 in Novosibirsk, she graduated from the “Chto Delat” School of Engaged Art (St. Petersburg) and the Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Art. Co-founder of the commune At the Bottom (Novosibirsk, 2015–2019). Select group shows: To see this here, although this is not here at all (QuartaRiata, St. Petersburg, 2017), Field Research: Liberating Knowledge. Progress Report II (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017), and 48 Hours Novosibirsk Festival (TsK19, Novosibirsk, 2019). Resident of Garage Studios and Artist Residencies (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2020). She lives and works in Novosibirsk.