Participant Profile


St. Petersburg

PARAZIT is an occupation project that centers in part on PARAZIT Gallery, located on the grounds of Borey Art Center. The project’s operations take place on the bodies of various cultural institutions, in sites and spaces not designed for exhibitions. Creative expansion and the multiplication of the gallery’s affiliates on other people’s territory, both with and without the consent of its owners, are innate parts of PARAZIT’s nature.

PARAZIT Gallery’s name was coined in 2000 by New Blockheads members Vadim Flyagin and Vladimir Kozin. In 2004, at Kozin’s urging, the name was ratified by the other founding members of the Art for the Masses exhibition series—Yury Nikiforov, Igor Mezheritsky, and Andrey Chezhin—as a fitting name for their permanent gallery project. The group currently boasts over 10,000 members who engage in subversive art activities across the globe.