Linda Vigdorčika (b. 1986, Riga) is a practicing artist, mainly working with installation. She graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in London and for the past two years has developed the educational program at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga as well as actively engaging in the discussion about the importance of art education. She lives and works in Riga.
Asya Volodina (b. 1983, Moscow) is a game designer, artist, and playwright. She co-authored the promenade-theatre show Normansk at Meyerhold Centre, Moscow in 2014. She has been a member of Ladder to the Sky, Room 18, and Live Action Theatre among other groups. Since 2017, she has collaborated with artist Arseny Zhilyaev on role-play games. She lives and works in Moscow.
Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh) is an installation and video artist, co-founder of Center for Experimental Museology. He studied at Voronezh State University, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg. He has had solo exhibitions at Winzavod CCC, Moscow (2017), Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice (2015), Kadist, Paris and San Francisco (2014), and The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2012). His work has been recently shown at biennials in Thessaloniki (2017), Gwangju (2016), Liverpool (2016), and Lyon (2015). He has been awarded an Innovation Prize (Russia, New Generation category, 2010) and the Soratnik Prize (Russia, 2011, 2012). He is based between Moscow and Venice.
Olga Jitlina (b. 1982, Leningrad) is a graphic and performance artist, author of theater spectacles, founder and editor of the Utopian News Agency and of the Nasreddin in Russia newspaper. In 2011, together with co-author, human rights advocate Andrey Yakimov, she created a table game about labor migration called “Russia is the Country of Possibilities”. Since 2014, Jitlina, another artist Anna Tereshkina, a group of labor migrants, and representatives of creative professions have been working on the project Hodja Nasreddin Joke Contest, resulting in the publication of several issues of the newspaper Nasreddin in Russia, and in the realization of the project Mobile Discotheque (the latter co-authored with the Basque artist Jon Irigoyen). Since 2015, Jitlina has been collaborating with the Lampedusa in Hamburg group of refugee activists and opera singer Yulia Averina, bringing them together in the theatrical performance Translation based on Andrey Platonov’s novella Dzhan. Winner of the Henkel Young Artists Prize (2012) and the Lea and Hans Grundig Prize (2015), she lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Karoline H. Larsen (b. 1974, Copenhagen) is an artist working in performances, installations, and permanent commissions. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen in 2003. Works include: Discover your city, an art path in Værebro Park and Bagsværd, Denmark (2018); and HeartMix, interactive sound, light and paint participatory & permanent art work for Gersagerparken Tunnel with designer Helle Hove (2015). Since 2005 her on-going art project Collective Strings has travelled to many venues including: Beijing Design Week, China (2018); Festival Scenes des rue, Mulhouse, France (2017); Trapholt Museum (2017); Holstebro Museum of Art, Denmark (2017); 24th Textile Biennial, Rijswijk Museum, Holland (2017); Metropolis Festival, Copenhagen (2015); ARKEN Museum of art (2015); Helsinki Festival, Finland (2014); Re-Art the Urban conference & urban laboratory, Switzerland (2011); and the Night Vision Festival, Cape Town, S.A. (2005). She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lera Lerner (b. 1988, Leningrad) is performance and installation artist, author of creative research projects, curator, and founder of Imaginary Museum of Displaced Faces. In 2012 she graduated from the Faculty of Biology and Soil Science of St. Petersburg State University and in 2015 completed PRO ARTE’s School for Young Artists (St. Petersburg). Lerner currently studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University. Group exhibitions include: LOBSTERREALISM, New Museum, St. Petersburg (2018); Building of Being, Nizhny Tagil Museum-Reserve “Gornozavodsk Ural” / Nizhny Tagil State Museum of Fine Arts (2017); Life of the Living, Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod; NCCA, Moscow (2016–2017); and Not a Museum *Laboratory of Aesthetic Suspicions, Novaya Industria Art Space, St. Petersburg (2014). She lives and works in St. Petersburg.
microsillons — founded in 2005 in Geneva by Marianne Guarino-Huet and Olivier Desvoignes, the microsillons collective develops collaborative art projects opening a reflexion about the social role of art and calling for the use of critical and feminist pedagogies in cultural practices. The collective collaborated with many cultural institutions, in Switzerland and internationally, including the Centre d’art Le 116 (Montreuil), VANSA (Johannesburg), WYSPA Institute (Gdansk) or the Centre d’art Contemporain Genève, where it was in charge of the gallery education projects between 2008 and 2010. Microsillons is currently responsible of the TRANS– Art–Education–Engagement Master at the Geneva University of art and design (HEAD). Marianne Guarino-Huet is a doctoral researcher at the Chelsea College of Art & Design London and Olivier Desvoignes was awarded a PhD by that same institution in 2015.
Ekaterina Muromtseva (b. 1990, Moscow) is an installation artist. She graduated in Philosophy from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2012, attended Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art at Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2014) and studied at Rodchenko Art School (2015–2017). She has had solo exhibitions at XL Gallery, Moscow (2017 and 2018) and Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy (2015). Group Exhibitions include Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2018), Dear Visitors…; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); 8th Level, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); World Biennial Exhibition of Student Posters and Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia (2017); F/STOP 7, Leipzig (2017) and Voices, A3 Gallery, Moscow (2015). She lives and works in Moscow.
Kirill Savchenkov (b. 1987, Moscow) works with various media including performance, installation, and video. He has been a lecturer at Rodchenko Art School in Moscow since 2013. In 2017, he presented his solo exhibition Office of Sensitive Activities/ Applications Group supported by V-A-C Foundation at Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Group exhibitions include the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2017) and the12th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018). In 2018, he was awarded a New Generation Prize at the Innovation Prize art awards in Russia. He lives and works in Moscow.
Anna Tereshkina (b. 1986, Omsk) is an artist, curator, feminist. She graduated from Omsk State Pedagogical University Faculty of Arts in 2008 and entered the School of Engaged Art, St. Petersburg in 2014. Tereshkina works in different media: drawing, collage and artists' book, at times working as an illustrator for friends’ projects, as well as making video and audio projects. Tereshkina is a member of Shvemy sewing cooperative who have participated in a number of group exhibitions and events including: Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); Civic Media Lab Festival, Dnipro, Ukraine (2017); and Media Impact Festival, Moscow (2015–2016). She has had some solo exhibitions, printed artist's books and was illustrator of the project Nasreddin in Russia. (together with Olga Jitlina). She is curator at Egorka Communal Gallery (together with Anastasia Makarenko, St. Petersburg) and in 2015 was one of the curators of Feminist Workshops inspired by Lucy Lippard (together with Anastasia Vepreva and Polina Zaslavskaya, St. Petersburg). She lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Laagencia, founded in 2010 by five artists and based in Colombia, is an office for art projects that nurtures the research and processes on art+education. Through its current research and open program ‘’Escuela de Garage’’ (Garage School), Laagencia aims to give visibility to a larger number of local, national, and international initiatives and interests that inquire into different ways of knowledge production, and its channels of circulation.