Open call to take part in Garage Studios' yearlong program

Open call to take part in Garage Studios' yearlong programOpen call to take part in Garage Studios' yearlong program


Garage announces the result of an open call to take part in a 12-month residency at Garage Studios and Artist Residencies, beginning mid-August 2021. The increase in the duration of the program and the amount of support is based on the belief that such a format will have a stronger impact on both the trajectory of residents’ artistic careers and their creative practices.

For the redesigned residency’s inaugural iteration, the field of interest is outlined by those concepts that constitute the work of Garage Studios: hospitality, food politics, and being-in-common.

The residency program will be built around informal meetings and conversations, dinners, walks, and other forms of cultivating togetherness. Throughout the year a twofold program of sessions will feature guest contributions by visiting mentors from a variety of disciplines and practices participating in a single program session, and a program of returning tutors who will engage with participants for the duration of their stay, returning to the Studios several times. Tutors for this residency year include the art group Raqs Media Collective, the curator Zdenka Badovinac, and the artist Cécile B. Evans. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, sessions may take place in the second half of the residency or online).


We received 357 applications, from which 12 were selected.

This year’s selection committee comprises the program’s tutors, the curators Katia Krupennikova and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Garage Studios curator Ivan Isaev, and Beatrix Ruf, Director of Strategic and Program Consulting at Garage.

The following were invited to participate in the program:

  • Marina Androsovich (Moscow/Kaliningrad)
  • Arash Azadi (Nizhny Novgorod)
  • Medina Bazargali (Almaty)
  • Alina Belishkina (St. Petersburg)
  • Xenia Benivolski (Toronto)
  • dima efremov (St. Petersburg/Moscow)
  • Kirill Gluschenko (Moscow)
  • Daria Iuriichuk (Moscow)
  • Marina Maraeva (St. Petersburg)
  • Nikolay Smirnov (Moscow)
  • Nastia Volynova (Moscow)
  • Slezki (Tears) group (Ksenia Nechai and Victoria Chupakhina, Bryansk/Moscow Region). 



Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992, by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Raqs practices across several media, making installation, sculpture, video, performance, text, lexica, and curation. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in Delhi, India. 


Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and art critic who has served since 1993 to 2020 as Director of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana. She initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast 2000+. Recent major curatorial projects include: NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst – The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and Museo Reina Sofía Madrid (2015–2017); NSK State Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017, co-curated with Charles Esche); The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition, Modena galerija, Ljubljan (2017, co-curated with Bojana Piškur); Sites of Sustainability Pavilions, Manifestos and Crypts, Hello World. Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin (2017; and Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2018, co-curated with Bojan Piškur). Her most recent book is Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe (New York: Independent Curators International (ICI), 2019). She is a founding member of L’Internationale, a confederation of seven modern and contemporary European art institutions. Badovinac was Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1997 and in 2005, and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2002. She was the President of CIMAM, International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art from 2010 to 2013. She lives and works in Ljubljana.


Cécile B. Evans is an American-Belgian artist. They have had solo exhibitions at mumok (Vienna), Castello di Rivoli (Turin), Tate Liverpool (UK), Serpentine Galleries (London), and other venues, and their work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including the 7th Moscow Biennale, the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, the 9th Berlin Biennale, and the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Evans’ films have been screened in festivals such as the New York Film Festival and Rotterdam International. They live and work in London. 


Katia Krupennikova is a docent at MA Fine Arts HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht and curator at large at V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. In 2019/20 she was a fellow at BAK—basis voor aktuele kunst, Utrecht, where she started her ongoing research project ​States of Anxiety, Minds for Care, in which she analyzes the political dimension of anxiety. Krupennikova was the curator of the 11th edition of Survival Kit Festival in Riga, ​Being Safe Is Scary​ (2020).  In 2019 she was a member of the core curatorial group of the Bergen Assembly. Recent projects include ​Imogen Stidworthy. Dialogues with People​, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2018–2019, co-curated with Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler) ​and It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!​, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2017, co-curated with Inga Lāce). She lives and works in Amsterdam.


Nicolaus Schafhausen is a German-born curator, director, author, and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. Since 2011 he has been the Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts, Canada. He has curated numerous international exhibitions such as Media City Seoul 2010 and the Dutch Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. He was the curator of the German Pavilion for the 52nd (2007) and 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and curator of the Kosovo Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Schafhausen also co-curated the 6th Moscow Biennale in 2015. In addition, Schafhausen has led institutions such as the Frankfurt Kunstverein, Stuttgart Künstlerhaus, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the European Kunsthalle, Cologne, and Kunsthalle Wien/Vienna.


Beatrix Ruf was curator at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth from 1994 to 1998, curator of the Ringier Collection (Switzerland) from 1995 to 2014, and Director, Kunsthaus Glarus (1998–2001). From September 2001 to October 2014, she was Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Zürich, overseeing a substantial expansion project that launched in 2003 and concluded in 2012. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Core Group think tank of Luma Arles (France). In 2013, Ruf co-founded POOL, a postgraduate curatorial program in Zürich. She was Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam from November 2014 to January 2018. In 2006 she was curator of Tate Triennial and in 2008 co-curator of the Yokohama Triennale. She is a member of several advisory and program committees, including: The Estate of Mark Morrisroe at Fotomuseum Winterthur; Istanbul Modern; MAXXI, Rome; Samdani Foundation, Bangladesh; Acquisition Committee of La Caixa, Barcelona; Between Bridges Foundation, Berlin;  The Centre for Artistic Estates, Zurich; and the Scientific Committee of Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Turin. She lives and works in Amsterdam.


Ivan Isaev is the curator of Garage Studios and Artist Residencies (since 2019). He was co-founder of Triangle Curatorial Studio (Moscow, 2014–2016). In 2014–2015 he was curator of the Start platform at Winzavod, Moscow and of the exhibition Leaving Tomorrow, also at Winzavod (2015). In 2016 he participated in the Infra-Curatorial Platform at the 11th Shanghai Biennale. He is a member of Independent Curators International. His curatorial interest lies in the areas of experimental modeling of cultural institutions, community cultivation, commonality, hospitality, and critical acting in the socio-cultural field, developing the value systems that may lead to a more equal, inclusive, and non-violent society. He lives and works in Moscow.