To mark the opening of Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture, 1966–1985, Garage will host a conversation between the curator of the exhibition, Kaspars Vanags, and Garage curator Sasha Obukhova.
Sekretiki is the latest in a series of exhibitions based on materials from Garage Archive Collection. The selection of exhibits in a small gallery, like the glass covering buried “treasure” in the Soviet children’s game Sekretiki (little secrets), conceals a plethora of stories about the everyday life of the intellectual and creative communities of the late Soviet period.
The processes of collecting, arranging, hiding, and confiding in this game are, in the curator’s opinion, inherently similar to the creative methods employed by Soviet unofficial art. The same gestures underlie the work of any archive. The exhibition invites visitors to enter a “circle of trust” and take a look at the sekretiki concealed there.
Kaspars Vanags and Sasha Obukhova will discuss their passion for digging up stories of late Soviet underground culture and how these stories relate to contemporary art practices.