The First Offline Conference of the Russian Art Archive Network


From 5 October 2021




Yeltsin Center


On October 5 the Russian Art Archive Network conference will take place at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg. Participants include representatives of the institutions taking part in the RAAN project as well as independent researchers and staff of museums and contemporary art centers from Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Tagil, Perm, St. Petersburg, Sochi, and other Russian cities. Participants will share their thoughts on the project and discuss archives that reflect local histories of art in various Russian cities. They will also explore questions relating to art historical research in Russia’s regions, the specificity of working with local artistic communities, and new ideas and methods for working with big data in archiving and museums.

The co-organizer of the conference is the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, which includes an art gallery that has been gathering a contemporary art archive related to Yekaterinburg. It comprises documentation of art events from the early 1990s to the present. Digitized materials will be accessible online on the RAAN platform and many of the originals will be available in the archive of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. From September 28 to November 7, the Center will show the exhibition Let’s Make a Boat and the Water Will Come. It will feature part of the archive about the artists’ collective Atomic Province. The partnership between the Russian Art Archive Network and the Yeltsin Center is an important stage in making visible various institutional archives of contemporary art.

Initiated by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the RAAN project is an online catalogue of documents on Russian contemporary art that expands through the addition of materials from the collections of Garage and its Russian and international partners. Partners include the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Yekaterinburg); TsK19 Cultural Center (Novosibirsk); PERMM Museum of Contemporary (Perm); Togliatti Art Museum; Typography Center for Contemporary Art (Krasnodar); Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (Germany); Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (New Brunwick, USA).



Introduction by Sasha Obukhova, curator of Garage Archive Collection


Anna Kiyashchenko. Archiving the Human (The Biographical Experience of Archiving)


Anna Litovskikh. Creating the Archive of Contemporary Art of Yekaterinburg


Agafya Rakina and Tatyana Varkentin. The Mission, Issues, and Opportunities of the Perm Archive of Contemporary Art on RAAN


Raya Lugamanova. Monroe: How I Got Stuck In. Specific Issues of Attribution in the Archive of Vladislav Mamyshev Monroe


Ilnur Mustafin. The Archival Push from the Outside: From the “Unpacking” of Regional Histories to the Re-Assembling of the Narrator Institution


Tatyana Ukolova. Contemporary Art in the Russian Subtropics: The Art of Sochi from the 1990s until the Present


Ziliya Khusnullina. Specific Issues of the Study and Attribution of Works by Artist Vasily Sitnikov


Lena Artemenko. Archiving and Attribution of Videos

14:55 – 15:10

Sasha Shcherbina. The Inner Periphery: Forming an Archive in the Togliatti Art Museum (Contemporary Art Department)


Sergey Balandin. Samara on the Silk Route of Contemporary Art


General discussion


Closing talk by Nastya Tarasova, Head Registrar, Garage Archive Collection


Free admission with advance registration.