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An open call to apply to participate in Urban Self-Expression Headquarters


Urban Self-Expression Headquarters is a project within the public program accompanying the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, suggesting a collective urban adventure achieved through leaving the comfort zone, that could change the lives of its participants.

Urban Self-Expression Headquarters participants will be offered the opportunity to develop their own art activist projects, that will be documented and displayed at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.

Actionist artist Katrin Nenasheva is the curator of Urban Self-Expression Headquarters.

For whom?: for everyone. To take part in the Headquarters, one doesn’t need to be an artist or activist, but it is necessary to be interested in action-based art and activism and be ready to develop one’s own projects (even without any such previous experience). Candidates younger than 18 years will have to produce permission to participate in the project from a parent or guardian.

How it works: the Headquarters meetings will take place twice a week from September to December, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Over a period of three months, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host talks, discussions, practical classes, and project sessions dedicated to action-based art, meetings with artists and activists, and practical seminars outside of the Museum entailing the development of new actions. In the event of a second wave of the pandemic, classes will take place online.

Expected outcomes: new knowledge, new experiences, and new acquaintances, as well as original art projects to be exhibited at the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. The interim results will also be displayed at the Triennial.

With whom you will work?: with yourself, on yourself, and together with others—equally sensitive, caring, and brave. Curated by Katrin Nenasheva, the project will feature guest artists and activists representing various movements.

Importantly, since the work is going to be developed in public spaces, candidates must be ready to leave their comfort zone, take into account the schedule of meetings and try to attend sessions on an ongoing basis.

Fill out the application form to participate. Open call applications will be accepted from August 19 to September 5. Please, do not apply if you are not sure you will be able to attend all sessions.


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