Lecture One / Friday 9 May 3pm in the studio
Curator Elena Zaytseva

Art of Participation in Russia since circa 1970
Although avant-guard art was isolated from the society in Soviet Russia, art of participation emerged in the circle of Moscow conceptualism around 1970. The performances of Collective Actions Group held in the woods involved many “non-official” Moscow artists. It was the art in which issues of autonomy were very strong as well as contradictory desire for social engagement. The dispute with this tradition can be seen in works of latest generations: outdoor performances of the Nest Group, radical street performances by Anatoly Osmolovsky and transgression of museum order by Oleg Kulik, reality performance “Theater of Homeless Children” by Elena Kovylina and activist art by Radek Community.

Elena Zaytseva
Curator, art critic, Moscow
PhD student of Russia’s Institute of Cultural Studies
Writer for Artinfo, Index, Film Art 
1992 – 2007 worked in The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (since 2004 as a curator, lecturer and keeper of The New Movements Department)

Co-curator of exhibitions in State Tretyakov Gallery:
Sots Art and Political Art in Russia from 1972 to Today. (2007)
New Russian Avant-garde since 1956. (2006)
Russian Pop Art. (2006)
Accomplices: Collective and Interactive Works in Russian Art. 1960 – 2000. (2005)  

Selected projects as independent curator:
Pam Skelton: Burning Poems. Special project of 2Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. (2007)
Territory of Freedom. Moscow Center for Arts. Co-curator with I.Naiman. (2006)
No Comment. Special project of 1Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Co-curator with U.Aksenova. (2005) 
Trolleybus “B” journey. Outdoor action, Moscow. (2004)
Frontiers of Childhood. Artek Gallery, London. (2003)