Curated by Kasper König, Manifesta 10 will examine Europe’s rich history of artistic exchange within the context of Saint Petersburg’s former status as cultural capital of Russia and ‘gateway’ to the West. Garage will be participating in Manifesta 10 as part of both its main and parallel programming.
Video documentation from Garage Archive Collection will be shown as part of the film program Unlooped—KINO, founded by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher of Office for Art (Berlin) in collaboration with a number of other leading collections of time-based media, as part of the main Biennial programming inside Saint Petersburg’s Vitebsky Station. The selection of films from Garage’s media library includes rare recordings of Moscow Actionism and Animalistic performances from the 1990s. Presented within the program under the name The New Horizons, this selection continues the research into the 1990s which was published in the two-volume catalogue of the Reconstruction exhibition and anticipates the future exhibition on the history of Russian performance which will open at Garage this autumn.
As part of the biennial's parallel programming, Rosphoto will screen artist Alëna Ivanova-Johanson's debut documentary film Genius Loci: New History of Art (2013). Produced with the support of Garage, the short film arose out of a series of conversations between Ivanova-Johanson and a group of artists – Alexander Petrelli, Boris Spiridonov, Arkadiy Nasonov, Alexander Ponomarev and Konstantin Zvezdochetov – who began their careers in the 1980s and 90s, a time when Moscow’s creative infrastructure was still largely underdeveloped and artists thrived on independent initiatives. Acknowledging how imperative the now diverse, but still largely low-profile, alternative scene in Moscow is for artists to produce, discuss and display their work, the film aims to make public the intense creative energy within the city, which still so often goes unseen to all but the most informed of art audiences.
A public talk with the artists, moderated by Garage Curator Snejana Krasteva, will take place on 29 June at 16.00 at Rosphoto in Saint Petersburg.
For main and parallel program timetables, please refer to http://manifesta10.org/en/home/