Art Prospect Festival

2018 Participants

United States
San Francisco
California
Multidisciplinary

Annie Albagli is a multimedia artist whose work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Museum of the Americas, High Desert Test Sites HQ, and Fort Mason Center for the Arts, among other venues. Her videos have been screened at Artist Television Access Network, the Tate Modern as part of the Imagined Biennials project, and most recently at the documentary film festival, ZWICKL. Albagli is currently an Affiliate Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Installation

Luisa Caldwell is a multi-disciplinary artist whose projects range from mixed-media art pieces on paper to architecturally based installations. The work reflects her interests in patterns as cultural tropes and the upcycling of materials.

Luisa’s latest solo exhibitions appeared at Smack Mellon and Humanities Gallery at Long Island University in Brooklyn. Her recent residencies include Polenovo AIR in Tula, Russia, Guild House at Guild Hall in East Hampton NY, and Back Apartment Residency in St. Petersburg in 2019. During a follow up Back Apartment Residency, Luisa collaborated with the St. Petersburg-based artist Zhenya Machneva. Their shared interests in traditional arts drew attention to the disappearance of antique stained glass from residential buildings and their replacement with cheap plastic frames and glass. They collaborated on an immersive installation to inform and encourage the public to resist the destruction of the cities’ beauty and history.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Public art
Russia
St. Petersburg

A researcher, artist, and science fiction writer, Anastasia Kizilova began her artistic career in 2001 as a student at the Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry. In 2013, she presented the project The Artist’s Uniform, the aim of which was to interact with the participants of the professional art system, and in 2015 she co-organized the horizontal initiative, Flying Cooperation, which unites multi-skilled young artists, who were born in the Post-Soviet space (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine).

Since 2016, Anastasia has been collected an archive of unrealized artists’ ideas entitled Found Project: authors share their ideas for free so that other people who are in need of ideas can realize them. She currently works in the field of environmental communication, focusing on post-humanist and non-humanist ways of interacting by bringing together theoretical approaches such as queer-ecology, cyberfeminism, bio-anarchism, and practical methods such as performative creation of an interspecific collective body.

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United States
San Anselmo
California
Dance

Tara Pandeya is a dancer, choreographer, and cultural activist. Her unique career path in Central Asia, India and the Middle East is a testament to her passionate approach to the form and her quest for continual growth. She is a bridge-building artist who has dedicated the past twenty years to the promotion of dance from the Central Asian Silk Road region. In 2015, she became the first Westerner to perform in the National Ensemble of Tajikistan. She has performed in 40 countries and choreographed for UNESCO with the Tajik Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. 

Tara used her experience and knowledge of Central Asian dance to connect with the Tajik community in St. Petersburg. The piece was performed by local dancers and amateurs alike, in an effort to create a deeper dialogue about “otherness” and cultural pluralism. She also choreographed a new piece based on movements rooted in traditional Central Asian dance to echo stories and recreate gestures, daily duties or chores typically carried out by Tajik immigrants in St. Petersburg.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Multidisciplinary

Diana Shpungin is a Latvian-born artist based in Brooklyn whose work includes drawing, sculpture, installation, hand-drawn animation, video and sound. She has exhibited her work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Marella Arte Contemporenea in Milan and others. Reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as Artforum, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Diana intended to study collective memory and its functions through existing and destroyed architecture in St. Petersburg. She hoped to use this research to create a public art project with community involvement for the 2018 Art Prospect Festival. This new public project built on a recent large scale project Drawing Of A House (Triptych), which was a monumental, participatory work for SiTE:LAB in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the City of Grand Rapids in the US.

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Denmark
Copenhagen

Charlotte Diana Thrane is a sculptor who orchestrates meetings between materials, objects and spaces, exploring the tension between opposing forces such as density & lightness, softness & hardness. Since 2011, she has created a number of large-scale, site-specific art works in cities and landscapes. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Denmark, UK, France, Austria, Russia, USA, Italy and Sweden and has received numerous awards and grants.

For her Back Apartment Residency, Charlotte planned to create a color palette of walls in the city that had been painted over in order to cover former tagging and graffiti. The walls would not be brought back to their previous condition; instead, new abstract wall paintings would appear. The project represented a new way for Thrane to think about site-specificity and the mobility of art works.

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Natalia Tikhonova is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and media-researcher. She acquired her first education in theoretical physics, and after that in the field of art in Roerich Art College and School for young artists at Pro Arte Foundation.

Her work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad, including the Ural Industrial Biennale and Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Natalia is an active participant in the Russian art scene and has organized many curatorial projects at the intersection of arts, technology and community-based art, including, Radio Hopes and Dreams: Moscow Edition! for Garage Museum, ArtGar(b)age Coop. and Spravochnik, which she conducted with the support of Northern branches of NCCA.

In 2019 Natalia received her MA in curatorial studies from Smolny/Bard College and successfully defended her thesis based on her research on online-platforms as a hybrid form of art.  Natalia also works with media about art and activism. She is a contributor and co-organizer of Spaika.media and “procartistination” tg channel, and a resident of the 2020/2021 Studio program of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Russia
Omsk

Nadezhda Valetskaia is a member of the Nadenka Creative Association established in 2014. This feminist art group of five artists includes Anastasia Makarenko, Maria Rybka, Maria Alexandrova, Alena Isakhanyan, all alumni of the School for Engaged Art “Chto Delat”, St. Petersburg.  She creates textile objects, video art, performances and public art, holds talks and seminars, as well as feminism awareness events and recycling workshops.  Nadezhda is interested in collectivity, sisterhood, art-activism, craftivism, self-education, learning and unlearning, gender studies and other artists.

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