Public talk by Ilmira Bolotyan: Performance in Life and at Work


The story of artist Ilmira Bolotyan, who is an editor at Garage, centers around how her work at the Museum became the source of ideas for her provocative performances, critical and literary texts, and for the development of projects based on her personal archive.

Ilmira exhibited her full-face and profile portraits to the audience, inviting everyone to guess her nationality and thus exposing society’s national stereotypes. Another performance involved setting up an account on a dating app and inviting everyone who wrote to her to contemporary art exhibitions. She read a lecture course on self-promotion of artists, also as part of one of her projects. For more than a year, Ilmira tested all kinds of «beauty practices» and created an exhibition based on the results of this «beauty marathon.» She did all of this while working in Garage Research Department and running a Telegram channel about performance and theater.

Ilmira will talk about turning life and work into art and, subsequently, into exhibitions and texts, as well as about creating personal media on social networks and combining all of this with work.




The event will take place on Zoom and advance registration is required. A recording will be available on the Garage YouTube Channel.


The lecture is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing visitors.