DAP and Russian Art Now

Friday, 15 May 2015
18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

poem in Russian script on side of building
Public art installation of one of Dmitry Prigov’s concrete poems from the 1970s in the district of Belyaevo, Moscow, 2014.

Speaker(s): Antonio Geusa (independent curator and author of the History of Russian Video Art vols. 1, 2, 3) and Dmitry Ozerkov (curator of the Hermitage 20/21 Project), moderated by Elizaveta Butakova (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Elizaveta Butakova and Dr Maria Mileeva in conjunction with The Prigov Foundation and the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC). Sponsored by The Prigov Foundation and The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum.

Bringing together two key figures in the study and display of contemporary Russian art, this evening of short lectures followed by a panel discussion will pick up the thread following the recent major retrospective ‘From the Renaissance to Conceptualism and Beyond’ at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow to examine the profound impact of Dmitry Alexandrovich Prigov (DAP) on contemporary art in Russia.

How did Prigov’s work as a poet, performer and new media artist shape the post-modern context in the late Soviet period? Can we trace the legacy of his position as a dissident commentator today in the practice of activist groups such as Voina, and young artists’ relationship to the post-Soviet?

Antonio Geusa is a curator, art critic and leading expert in Russian new media art. He is the author of the three-volume catalogue The History of Russian Video Art and since 2012 is Head of Educational Programmes at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow. His recent curatorial projects include Lost in Translation at the 55th Venice Biennale (in collaboration with MMOMA Moscow, Ca Foscari Esposizioni, Venice)

Dmitry Ozerkov
 is Director of the 20/21 Project at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and has been responsible for bringing leading international contemporary art to the museum, including collaborating on 2014’s Manifesta 10. He has published widely on such diverse subjects as Eros and 18th Century French art, Anthony Gormley and the Chapman brothers. In 2012, he oversaw the opening of a permanent Prigov installation in the new wing of the Hermitage.

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