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Workshop How Heroes Left and We Stayed. Actionism 2020

6–12 July 2020


Part of the series of discussions How Heroes Left and We Stayed. Actionism 2020, artist Katrin Nenasheva and curator Tatyana Volkova will deliver a workshop for researchers whose academic interests lie in the field of art activism.

In contrast to resonant actions of the 1990s and 2000s, which attracted a lot of criticism and attention from the press, contemporary art activist practices often remain in the shadows due to their dispersion in space and time. This leads to a situation where a vast layer of activist art does not get into the viewpoint of scholars, remains understudied, and cannot find a relevant place in archives.

The goal of the workshop is to form a group of researchers for the study of “third-wave actionism” in the context of the currently prepared program of online discussions on contemporary art activism, which is due to launch in the second half of July.

The workshop will include talks by current researchers, collective practical exercises, and discussions. Upon its conclusion, participants will be able to compete in the selection for the research support of Garage and Katrin Nenasheva’s online program dedicated to art activism and actionism How Heroes Left and We Stayed. Candidates who successfully qualify for the program will receive a small reward.

The workshop is part of Katrin Nenasheva’s project Urban Self-Expression Headquarters that will be on view at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Contemporary Art.

Workshop curators: Katrin Nenasheva and Tatyana Volkova.


The workshop will include three online sessions: on July 6, 10, and 12.

Applications are accepted before July 4.


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