Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Children of St. Petersburg invite the audience to join a public discussion about art and activist projects for women with migrant experience and women representing ethnic minorities. The event is part of the dõst festival of migration and contemporary culture.
Women in migration and women from ethnic minorities are vulnerable groups in Russian society. Their interests are also ignored in the context of the feminist agenda, which dominates in the Russian-speaking space and prioritizes the interests of the ethnic and cultural majority. There are theories developed by the scientific community aimed at solving this problem: along with intersectional feminism already well-known in Russia, these include the decolonial criticism of Western feminism and black feminism. Concurrently with that, initiatives informed by the ideas and principles of these theories are emerging in the area of activism and public work.
Even though few such initiatives exist in the Russian-speaking space, they are already changing the agenda ingrained in society. These include the Gul newspaper for migrant women, the Agasshin beauty zine about the life of ethnic minorities in Russia, Daptar—a human rights portal for women in the North Caucasus. Representatives of these initiatives will deliver talks during a public discussion organized by Garage as part of the dõst festival of migration and contemporary culture.
Within the framework of the festival, there will also be organized a seminar, where participants will work in small groups together with experts from Moscow and Saint-Petersbourg, North Caucasus and Central Asian countries—in order to figure out how to develop projects that consider and protect the interests of women with migrant experience or women representing ethnic minorities. The seminar is designed for activists, artists, journalists, and gender studies students. It will be held online at 13:00 on February 16. To take part in the event, please submit an application.