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From Lettrism to Graffiti. A cycle of workshops for teenagers

22–27 June 2020


This mini-cycle composed of three classes will trace the history of text becoming a part of global art, and the letter replacing the palette and brushes. Lettrism has raised the letter to a new level—that of symbol—and made it an integral element of the art world, as much as the world of mathematics, fashion, advertising, and, obviously, graffiti.

Participants will learn the pathway of letter as symbol from 1946 to our time, how lettrism reflected in the practice of an entire generation of artists and poets, and how it penetrated contemporaneity where slogans and tags compete with images for getting our attention.



Anna Parkina (b. 1979, Moscow) is an artist making collages, drawings, sculptures, videos and performances. Anna studied at the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena (2005) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2002–2006). She has participated in over ten solo and group shows in Europe and the US, at institutions such as Saatchi Gallery and Wilkinson Gallery (both London), Barbara Gladstone Gallery (New York), and SFMOMA, as well as in the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). She has also contributed to several exhibitions in Russia, including Detective (2014), Eyes Instead of the Eye (2015), Hooray! Sculpture! (2016), and Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (2017). Parkina lives and works in Moscow.


The course is composed of three 90-minute sessions.
Admission is free with advance registration.
Broadcast via Zoom. 
Class size is limited.

All registered participants will receive a link to the class prior to the start.

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