Urban Self-Expression Headquarters is an education platform for everyone who wants to learn the theory and practice of art activism and actionism.

Over a period of three months, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host talks, discussions, practical classes, and project sessions to explore action-based art. Participants of the project will be offered the opportunity to develop their own art activist projects, the documentation of which will be displayed at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.

The Headquarters’ meetings will take place twice a week from September to December, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Participants will be selected based on the results of an open call, that will run from August 19 to September 5, 2020.

Katrin Nenasheva is curator of Urban Self-Expression Headquarters.

Urban Self-Expression Headquarters is part of the public program accompanying the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.


Katrin Nenasheva (b. 1994, Krasnodar) is an actionist artist, psychoactivist, and director. Representing the third wave of actionism, her works implement an interdisciplinary approach to explore the life of closed communities, one of Nenasheva’s key methods being the engagement of a wide variety of people not related to art, regardless of their age and education, in actions and art projects. She is the founder of Urban Self-Expression Headquarters—the first creative platform aimed at generating art activist practices. The Headquarters will be represented at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art due to open in September 2020.