Participant Profile

Oksana Shatalova

Rudny, Kostanay Region

Oksana Shatalova and fellow artist Georgy Mamedov, co-Artistic Directors of the School of Theory and Activism in Bishkek (STAB), Kyrgyzstan met with local activists and artists. Their exhibition based on the Kollontai Commune in Frunze in the 1970s opened at the Luda Gallery on January 27th, 2015.   The exhibition makes a historical intervention with the archive of the Kollontai Commune, a queer communist collective associated with the architecture school in Frunze (now Bishkek) in the 1970s, radically revising concepts of the political and gender dissident in the late Soviet Union.  They also participated in a discussion about the exhibition and art activism with local activists and sociologists at the Luda Gallery on January 30 that same year.