Contemporary artists from Russia to create books for Garage Library

The new Garage Library project Single Copy has been designed to engage contemporary artists from Russia. For six months Uliana Podkorytova, Vladislav Kruchinky, and Olga Deryugina will work on preparing artist’s books—objects in a rare genre developed in the early twentieth century.

Each artist, selected by Garage Research Department, works with an individual language and has their own vision of the artist’s book genre. The project comes in two parts: research stage, during which artists work with the Library collection, and production stage, which involves book creation and presentation in spring 2018.

Garage Library is a free public resource storing a collection of more than 20 000 titles on the history and theory of Russian and international contemporary art, which also hosts a broad program of events. Single Copy is a project designed in an experimental format for a library context. It seeks to prove a library’s potential to act as an integral and active part of the artistic process.

As a result, books created by the artists will be included in the Garage Library collection and remain available to visitors and researchers alike.

Olga Deryugina (b. 1991, Moscow). Graduated from British Higher School of Art and Design (2013), Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia (2016), and Baza Institute (2016). Her artistic practice transverses different mediums and genres, she also works as a curator. She is a member of the Margaritki artist collective.

Vladislav Kruchinsky (b. 1988, Moscow). Graduated from Russian State University for the Humanities (department of Oriental Studies, with a speciality in African Studies), PhD in Art History. His practice lies in the genre of poster, comic, and graphic books.

Uliana Podkorytova (b. 1984, Moscow). Graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts (2007), Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia (Moscow, 2017), also studied at Natalia Pshenichnikova’s ‘Voice’ Laboratory at the Institute of the Theatre (2016). She works with graphic and video art.

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