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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
New York
New York
Multidisciplinary

Francesca Altamura is a Curatorial Assistant at the New Museum in New York. She has assisted in the production of exhibitions and events for numerous institutions and galleries including Transmediale in Berlin, Arcadia Missa in New York, Studio Voltaire in London, Ballroom Marfa in Texas, and in curating the 2018 New Museum Triennial Songs for Sabotage

Altamura visited artist studios to learn more about the local art scene. She planned to focus on alternative and artist-run project spaces and write an article about her findings on AQNB in collaboration with curator Lizaveta Matveeva.

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Romania
Bucharest
Multidisciplinary

Daniel Djamo works with film, performance, video art, installation, and photography to evoke the past and to underline “the now.” His work examines personal and group histories, focusing in particular on themes related to national identify. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and video art/ film festivals internationally. 

Djamo created 16 Sounds of Paper, a participatory art project that questioned the success of European integration. It focused on the routes followed by 16 Russian citizens towards Romania after the dissolution of the EU in the near future (year 2028). Djamo’s project imagines a future with the struggles and tensions we experience now within our societies while also reflecting past conflicts.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Multidisciplinary / Other

Kevin Doyle is a writer and director of interdisciplinary theatre and film working in the European Union and his native New York. He has written twelve plays that have been translated into French, Romanian, and Swedish and produced in seven countries, won multiple honors in the United States and abroad. Doyle is a contributing writer at Diggit Magazine in the Netherlands.

As part of his project THE ARTS, a three-part work of interdisciplinary theater about the history of public funding of the arts, Doyle conducted research on public funding of the arts in Russia.  Doyle also investigated “St. Petersburg The City” as an anonymous artist through his photography, short films, and original writing to reveal hidden undercurrents in the life of the city and its people. Doyle is also interested in the Russian media’s relationship to politics and planned to conduct research on media’s relationship to President Trump.

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United States
Los Angeles
California
Performance Art

Ruth Estévez is a curator, writer, and stage designer.  As the former director and curator at REDCAT/CalArts in Los Angeles, she has worked with a wide variety of artists and curated group exhibitions and public programs. She was the Chief Curator at the Carrillo Gil museum in Mexico City, where she also founded LIGA, Space for Architecture, a non-profit platform focused on experimentation in architecture and urbanism. Estévez was born in Bilbao and currently lives in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

Estévez conducted interviews with St. Petersburg scholars and artists about performance, political activism and the understanding of the public sphere through performance. She researched the evolution of performance art in Russia, focusing on its development under socialism and how it changed after the collapse of the Eastern bloc and the shift to capitalism in the 1990’s.

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France
Paris
Multidisciplinary

Tatiana Grigorenko’s work focuses on the relationship between individuals and their worlds within a social-political context. She was born in the US to a family of Soviet political dissidents. History, especially the history of repression, is central to her practice. Grigorenko is interested in how one navigates and emancipates one’s body, identity and memory from the context of predefined social models and “official” histories, discourses and hegemonic narratives. Through collage, photography, video and text, her work examines revolt, resistance, power dynamics and their common underlying thread, the search for utopia. 

As a child, Grigorenko was steeped in the atmosphere of a very particular dark humor of the Soviet “anecdote.”  In St. Petersburg, she worked on a video project entitled Small Acts of Sabotage (How I Proved I Was Not a Camel). In a series of short interviews, ordinary people recounted an experience of their resistance to the Soviet system, in the form of a humorous anecdote. Small Acts of Sabotage made use of the Russian tradition of “anecdotes” to obliquely poke fun at and reveal the absurdity of a given system’s rules and regulations.

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United States
New York
New York
Installation

Elana Herzog is an installation artist and sculptor who also makes handmade paper and books. She exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in group and solo shows, including at the Sharjah Art Museum in UAE, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, at Smack Mellon in New York, Diverseworks in Houston, TX, The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Arts and Design New York City. Herzog is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 2009, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2007 and NYFA Fellowships in 2007 and 1999. 

Herzog examined the history of Russian/Soviet textile production as a labor movement, an economic engine, and as manifest in art and design. She was interested in answering the following questions: how did it define, and how was it defined by the women and men who worked in it as designers and producers? How has the ideology and cultural aspiration shaped textile design and production? She then documented personal accounts of people who have had experience in the textile industry and will lay the groundwork for a future collaboration with local artists and/or venues.

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United States
San Francisco
California
Performance art

Hoover works with time-based visual arts, community engagement and collective social actions. As a Chinese-Russian-American, Hoover reframes issues of displacement, language failure, and cultural disjuncture. His practice spans performance and video, sculpture, installation and public art. Hoover seeks to engage communities and develop collaborative and educational projects. Currently he splits his time between San Francisco as the founder and principal of Collective Action Studio and Los Angeles as the Curator at the Chinese-American Museum. 

Hoover explored how contemporary Russian artists integrate the body with time and social practice. As the curator of the Sculpture Quadrennial Riga, he visited artist studios and conduct research on the Russian contemporary time-based arts.

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Poland
Zielona Góra
Video/Film

Aleksandra Kubiak is a visual artist whose focuses on the social impact of art.  She works primarily in video and performance with the participation of the public and invited guests and objects. Her work has been exhibited in major institutions throughout Poland and internationally.  Kubiak currently teaches at the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Zielona Góra and collaborates with the BWA Gallery Zielona Góra and Salony Fundation.

Kubiak’s residency in St. Petersburg was the first step in creating her first feature length film, tentatively titled The Men I Meet. The film continues a biographical cycle aimed at working through the dark side of her family history. It begins with research about Kubiak’s family connection with St. Petersburg. Kubiak to traveled to the cities and places where her family members used to live to explore their relationships and how their lives might have affected her life. During her residency in St. Petersburg, Kubiak showed her films and gave a public talk hosted at the Polish Institute in St. Petersburg.

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United States
Los Angeles
California
Video/Film

Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr are filmmakers, educators and community cinema activists whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change. For the past twenty years, they have been helping to run the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit neighborhood media arts center with a focus on analog film education and resources. As the duo The Here & Now, they travel the world, sharing handmade movies and music with local communities.

Paolo and Lisa collaborated with local artists and musicians on an experimental film The Sound We See: A St. Petersburg City Symphony. They used analog filmmaking techniques and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments. The Sound We See is an ongoing cinematic conversation on the relevance of handmade film in the 21st century.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Multidisciplinary

Marissa Nielsen-Pincus is a performing artist, teacher, and founding member and Associate Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects. Marissa teaches immersive and site-specific performance skills and somatic explorations as part of Third Rail Projects workshop series in NYC. She has taught nationally in Chicago, IL, California, and Oregon, as well as internationally in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland. 

Nielsen-Pincus’ residency project built on existing relationships with local artists interested in immersive experience with film and installations. In collaboration with fellow artist Tom Pearson, she focused on a project called Libraria, a modular film/installation/immersive performance collaboration with local performers that was developed through creative workshops with community members. The resulting performance was premiered during the Art Prospect Festival in Fall 2018.

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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

Tom Pearson works primarily in visual and written media. His work draws from psychology, archetypal studies, and deep dream practices as well as the medicinal and ceremonial traditions of his native Tsalagi (Eastern Band Cherokee) heritage. He is best known for his movement-based theater works as the co-founder/co-artistic director of Third Rail Projects and the director of the Global Performance Studio.

Pearson’s residency project built on existing relationships with local artists interested in immersive experience with film and installations. In collaboration with fellow artist Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, he focused on a project called Libraria, a modular film/installation/immersive performance collaboration with local performers that was developed through creative workshops with community members. The resulting performance was premiered during the Art Prospect Festival in Fall 2018.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York
Visual art

Simon Lee and Eve Sussman work on projects collaboratively and individually. They make films, videos, photography and installations. Much of their work challenges concepts of conventional cinema. They deconstruct the motion picture, examine how narrative deploys stories in unusual ways and expand the way we make and experience motion pictures. Lee and Sussman has been shown at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, the Tinguely Museum in Basel, Sundance Film Festival, the Next Wave Festival at BAM, NYC, IFC Center, NYC, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, MoMA, NYC, Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark.

Sussman and Lee worked on a new video inspired by the 1960’s American TV show, Peyton Place. They casted Russian performers and Russian-English simultaneous translators for an improvised, cut-up version of this classic soap opera that unearthed the underbelly of a fictional town. The work reflected on the often pined for  and often fictional mid-century nostalgic ideals of bygone “greatness”.

United States
St. George
Utah
Multidisciplinary

Dr. Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva is a theatre director, teacher, and scholar, with an academic specialty in avant-garde theatre practices and the work of V.E. Meyerhold. She focuses on devised, physical, and trans-disciplinary theatre-making. She currently teaches directing, devising, drama, expressive movement, and film and theatre history at Dixie State University.

Syssoyeva pursued two related collaborations. These projects engaged Russian artists and academics and resulted in a performance, exhibition, and publication. The St. Petersburg Etudes, a collaboration with photographer and conceptual artist Farrah Karapetian, combined choreography based on Russian avant-garde aesthetics, theater performance, and camera-less photography. The second project was a collaboration with theatre historians O.M. Feldman and Sergei A. Konaev, to publish the complete writings of avant-garde director Vsevolod Meyerhold in English. 

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