Round Table "Beautiful Losers:" The Effects of Cancellations and Non-Completion in Art

27 May 2021
Garage Auditorium
Round Table "Beautiful Losers:" The Effects of Cancellations and Non-Completion in ArtRound Table "Beautiful Losers:" The Effects of Cancellations and Non-Completion in Art


Sensitive to public displays of success or failure, creative workers often experience the cancellation of projects or the inability to finish them as personal dramas, psychological traumas, career disasters or epic fails. In this time of “cancel culture,” the chances of facing a negative reaction from colleagues or viewers have increased, and so has the danger of cancellation.

Artists Vladimir Seleznev, Anastasia Kizilova, and Anastasia Vepreva will discuss what "not happening" means in the world of art and how the experience of cancellation can affect creative workers. Is a delay always a fiasco? What does non-completion mean for a creator in the grand scheme of things? Is it the foundation for the paradigm of the “unrecognized genius,” or merely a moment for a healthy break, a time for meditation and the rethinking of one’s artistic strategy and tactics?

Moderator: Sasha Obukhova, Garage Archive curator


Anastasia Vepreva (b. 1989, Arkhangelsk) is an artist, curator and critic. She is a historian by education and holds MA degrees from the Department of Liberal Arts of St. Petersburg State University and Bard College (New York). Her art is focused of speculative and fictional approaches to memory politics and a critical exploration of new technology. She is the editor of K.R.A.P.I.V.A website and has contributed texts to Moscow Art Magazine, DI,, Aroundart, and Art Leaks Gazette. Vepreva is a winner of a Garage grant for contemporary artists (2019–2020). She lives and works in St. Petersburg.

Anastasia Kizilova (b. 1986, Leningrad) is an artist and sci-fi writer. She graduated in Costume Design from St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design in 2010, PRO ARTE School for Young Artists (St. Petersburg) in 2015, and BAZA Institute (Moscow) in 2016. She currently works in ecological communication with a focus on posthumanist interaction, combining theory and practice in, for example, the making of a collective interspecies body. Since 2016 she has been working on FOUND OBJECT, an archive of unfinished art projects to which she encourages artists to donate their ideas anonymously so that someone else can work on them. She lives and works in St. Petersburg.

Vladimir Seleznev (b. 1973, Nizhny Tagil) is an artist and curator whose work is often focused on locality, local memory, and regional identities. As a curator, he collaborates with non-professional artists and non-artists. He is a winner of the Innovation Prize (Best Artist, 2019) and the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize (Best Curating Project, 2019). He lives and works in Yekaterinburg.

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