Tatyana Volkova started her career as an art historian in the early 2000s as part of curator Andrei Erofeev’s team working on contemporary art at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and at the State Tretyakov Gallery.
In parallel, Tatyana developed as an independent curator, becoming one of the first Russia-based researchers of art activism. She has been involved in art activist events since the late 2000s and is the co-founder of ZHIR gallery, MediaImpact International Festival of Activist Art, and Fem Club.
Tatyana has curated numerous major institutional exhibitions, including: Futurologia / Russian Utopias (Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2010), Silence = Death: Art, Protest, Rock’n’Roll, 1980–2010s (ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow, 2012); global aCtIVISm (ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2013), 1st Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017), and dis/order. Art and Activism in Russia since 2000 (Ludwig Forum, Aachen, 2017).
Tatyana will explain why she decided to study for a degree in psychology and to teach yoga and lead seminars on self-regulation and self-support practices, including how this fits with her work in Garage Archive and writing a dissertation on the history of activist art.