Public talk by Tonya Trubitsyna: How to Make an Exhibition out of Friendship


Formerly a graphic designer, currently a researcher of contemporary culture, and a future art therapist, Tonya Trubitsyna will discuss how art can unite very different people, how to put together a book about 101 self-organized initiatives, and how to become a professional in different areas while working in one place.

Academically trained in art and having worked in the editorial offices of glossy magazines, Tonya switched the focus of her interest from design to art. While studying art history at the Russian State University for the Humanities she worked on state and independent projects in the field of contemporary art as a manager, coordinator, and curator. Her art historical practice began in Garage Archive, where she was a member of the working group of the Open Systems project on self-organized art initiatives in Russia. The group conducted research and showed exhibitions of the archives of self-organized art initiatives in Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Kazan, Arkhangelsk, Saratov, and Vladivostok. This five-year project resulted in a book, which was published in 2021.

Tonya will share her experience of combining the daily archival routine and independent projects and explain why she showed the same exhibition eight times and why art therapy inspires her more than contemporary art. With the consent of the audience, Tonya will deliver a brief art therapy session.




Free admission with advance registration.
All lectures are broadcast on Garage YouTube channel and will be available as recordings.


Lectures are accessible to deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language at the event.