During this one-day seminar, leading academic researchers and curators explore the dynamics of gender, its representations in contemporary art, and implications for cultural workers in the context of the Russian Federation and Europe.
This international seminar consists of three parts. The first one focuses on the Russian context: Garage curator Sasha Obukhova will reflect on female curators’ contribution to an institutional history of Russian art in the 1990s, followed by Margarita Kuleva (Higher School of Economics), a cultural sociologist, who will share the results of her recent ethnographic study of gendered cultural work in Russian institutions. The second part is devoted to international and translocal contexts: cultural scholar and curator Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds) will present the concept of "gender on the move", while Panos Kompatsiáris will demonstrate a critical analysis on the "curatorial statements" of international art biennials. The seminar will close with the round table “Biennale - Binary?” with the participation of international curators and researchers Zippora Elders (Netherlands), Kaspars Vanags (Latvia), and Julia Bethwaite (Finland).
The event is supported by the Centre for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University – Bielefeld University) in a partnership with the University of Leeds, National Research University Higher School of Economics, and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.