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NCCA launches Curatorial School for Russian Regions

Within the framework of NEMOSKVA's interregional cooperation program, NCCA-ROSIZO conducts a School of Curatorial Studies for specialists from all over the country. The school will be held in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region, from 13 to 29 October 2019.

The participants of the School will have a unique opportunity to join the educational program, which is focused on the needs of regional curators and developed directly taking into account the specifics of their work.

Curatorial School is a part of the global project NEMOSKVA, which aims to develop contemporary art in the regions. The lack of educational programs on the specialty "Curator" outside the cultural capitals is a key problem, the solution of which will allow to make a qualitative leap in the development of regional cultural projects. There is a need for in-depth discussion of the curator's activities and development of professional competences of regional specialists.

The training program is aimed at filling the lack of local resources, lack of staff and lack of specialized education in the regions and will be useful for an in-depth understanding of the international artistic and research context. Lectures and seminars will be led by acting European and Russian curators, teachers and contemporary art theorists:

Ilya Budraitskis is a historian, social theorist, art critic, member of the editorial board of the Art Journal; Sofia Viktorino is director of education and public programs at Whitechapel Gallery in London; Maria Kalinina is the head of the NEMOSKVA curatorial school, curator, co-founder of the MediaAudar festival, member of the editorial board of the Art Journal; Valentinas Klimaškauskas is the curator, writer and co-curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale; Viktor Misiano is a curator, HSE teacher, founder and editor-in-chief of the Art Journal; Alla Mitrofanova is a philosopher, curator, cultural scientist and one of the creators of the Cyberfeminist International; Dieter Rulstrate is the curator of Documenta 14, curator and lecturer at the University of Chicago; Simon Sheikh is a curator, art theorist, member of the working group of the Bergen Assembly, head of the master's program in curatorial studies at Goldsmiths University in London; and other participants. Some of the teachers have been working with NEMOSKVA since last year, when they visited twelve Russian cities along the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway during the International Traveling Symposium and got acquainted with local regional contexts.

The main topic of the school will be the study of curatorial and artistic practices as evidence and document. Students will be offered to work on the issues of factology, documentary science, reality and poetics of evidence. The opportunity to be a document, an evidence, a fact is already embedded in the work of art, and we invite students to work through this problem and see the field for interpretation in the document. 

This approach to working with the material will allow curators to address a wide range of contexts not limited by international trends or local artistic processes. In the context of work in regions where there are often no specialized sites for exhibiting contemporary art, the documentary approach will allow for the integration of artistic research into non-core museums, libraries, universities, factories and other institutions. The study of the accumulated materials may become a starting point for artistic and curatorial research.

The school will help to build new interregional and international ties. Among the participants it is planned to see specialists from all over the country, the educational course will be held in a group mode, and teachers will be available not only for lectures, but also for personal consultations.

The programme of the School aims to support and implement the ideas of the regional curators: within two academic weeks each of the students will develop his or her own personal project, which will need to be defended after the course. The results of the two-week work will be evaluated by the teachers of the School, and the most successful ideas will be implemented with sponsorship and information support.

Development of the idea of the future project is a prerequisite for participation in the School of Tutors. First of all, we expect the participants to be interested in regional work and to be willing to prepare exhibition and research projects for the Russian regions. Program participants will be selected on the basis of the proposed projects, motivation letter and resume. To apply for participation in the school, please fill out the form ( The deadline for submitting the application is September 15.

Participation in the Tutorship School is absolutely free: all travel expenses, accommodation and meals will be covered by sponsors. The working language of the School is Russian.

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The NEMOSKVA project was initiated in 2017 as a strategic project for the development of modern culture in the Russian regions for the period from 2018 to 2022. It aims to develop horizontal connections, promote regional artists and curators, study the current situation on the ground through professional dialogue, and create new opportunities for international cooperation.

Curatorial School team: Larisa Greenberg, Maria Kalinina, Anastasia Lomonosova, Ivan Novikov, Alice Prudnikova.