Urban Self-Expression Headquarters in St. Petersburg


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

From January 6 to 10 in St. Petersburg, members of Urban Self-Expression Headquarters will be able to develop their own art activist projects. The HQ meetings will take place in the form of discussions, workshops, and practical research. The resulting projects will be displayed at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Contemporary Art at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

The four-day workshop will include a theoretical framework, allowing participants to learn more about the history of action-based art, art activist strategies and tools, and hands-on sessions with street outings, as well as the development of new actions. Since the work will take place in public spaces, it is important to be ready to leave your comfort zones.

Urban Self-Expression Headquarters curator: actionist artist Katrin Nenasheva.

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


Participants don't need to be artists, activists, or demonstrate art historical knowledge. Much more important is a keen interest in action-based art and activism and the willingness to create new projects (even if it's your first such experience). If you are under 18 years old but wish to participate, you need to get permission from your parents or guardians.

Participants will be selected based on the results of the open call that runs through January 4, 2021.