Fyodor Dubrovin (Russia)
August 1 – 30, 2017
Artist's website: www.dubrinfeed.wixsite.com/artist
Katharina Swoboda (Austria) & Kamen Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
August 1-30, 2017
Katharina Swoboda (b.1984, Graz, Austria). Lives and works between Hamburg, Vienna and Graz. Katharina´s work is predominantly video-based but she also works in photography, installation and performance art. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and has been a PhD student at the transdiciplinary doctorate programme at University of Fine Arts of Hamburg since 2014. Katharina's videos have been internationally shown in selected venues in Vienna, Houston, Panamá, London, Budapest and Hamburg. She has received several scholarships, e.g from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture, and has participated in the KAMOV City of Rijeka residency in Croatia and the Nida Art Colony in Lithuania. She is member of the Golden Pixel Cooperative in Vienna.
Artist’s website: www.katharinaswoboda.net
Kamen Stoyanov (b.1977) is a Bulgarian artist. Lives and works in Vienna and Sofia. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. Active in video art, performance, installation art. Stoyanov’s works are interactions with the environment, reactions and comments on political and social processes. Stoyanov was the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture scholarship. His works can be found in private and public collections.
Artist’s website: www.kamenstoyanov.com
At the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt artists Katharina Swoboda and Kamen Stoyanov will make together a video work that will reflect an audio-visual portrait of Kronstadt concentrating on unique landscape of this town port located on Kotlin island connected with a dam with St.Petersburg.
Václav Magid (The Czech Republic)
1 – 30 July, 2017
“My method of work can be described as emphasizing contradictions and dissonance between everyday life and its aesthetic and theoretical representation. Journal notes, drawings, photographs and videos reflecting a chance meeting or a random event are a starting point for my works. I am foremost interested in the situations where little, if anything, happens. Notwithstanding, they show the ideological indirectness of our everyday experience and its determinacy by objectified concepts. I proceed from the premise that an ideology performs best at a microscopic level of ordinary practices, in the form of behavior conventionality, of a “second nature”. Using a wide range of the contemporary art media (video, installation, performance), I set these ordinary situations against visual culture stereotypes as well as fragments or philosophical texts paraphrases”.
Artist’s website: http://www.vaclavmagid.com/
Farniyaz Zaker (Iran-UK)
June 26 – July 14, 2017
Located between architectural theory and gender studies Zaker’s art practice and writing largely deal with the nexus of body, society, and place. Much of her practice explores how bodily practices and spatial awareness define our sense of identity, belonging and the very concept of knowledge. Her work is both generative and corrosive of boundaries, such as the one between architecture and clothing. It often employs transparency and opacity, repetition and memorisation, text and textiles and plays with notions of the public and the private, the physical and the psychological.
In Kronstadt Art Residence Farniyaz Zaker will work mainly on a kinetic installation on the topic of the mutual relationship between subject and object, between us and our surrounding built environment, based on Martin Heidegger’s philosophy.
Artist’s website: http://farniyazzaker.com
Alexandre Dang (France) and Kristiina Tuura (Finland)
9-18 June 2017
Artists Alexandre Dang (France) and Kristiina Tuura (Finland) will take part in the 9th International Ecology and Arts Festival «KronFest». The artists will be working on their projects at the Art Residence in Kronstadt within the framework of the Year of Ecology-2017. Kristiina Tuura will create an art object of debris collected on the beaches of the Gulf of Finland. Alexandre Dang will present to the public his kinetic artwork “Dancing Solar Flowers”.
KronFest is a cross-disciplinary project that unites arts and ecology. It represents an artistic approach to the issues of environment and resource efficiency and every summer brings together artists from different countries to work together on their projects in Kronstadt.
Linda Carrara (Italy)
5 – 29 June 2017
Italian artist Linda Carrara will work at the Art Residence in Kronstadt on a still life series in the technique of “3D painting”. Linda Carrara received her Bachelor’s degree in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy) and her Master’s degree in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent (Belguim). Winner of the “Award TERNA– Painting” in 2015. Linda Carrara participated in various exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. She also took part in the “MOMENTUM worldwide” residence (Berlin, Germany).
Linda Carrara is an Italian painter, working with different media. She is working on the topic of still-life representation for many years and tries to push this topic in a "mental direction". Connecting still life with decoration, trompe l'oeil and false marble, she is working with a dictionary that refers to painting as a subject of the work, and the represented object is just a simple excuse.
Artist’s website: https://www.lindacarrara.com/
On the 23rd of June 2017 Linda Carrara gave an artist-talk at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt. The artist presented works created in Kronstadt and referred to the opportunities for the development of the project.
Florencia Mayra Gargiulo (Argentina)
2 - 31 May 2017
Florencia Mayra Gargiulo. Prototype 2D. Wood, elastic bands.
From May 2 to May 31, 2017 in the Art Residence in Kronstadt the artist from Argentina Florencia Mayra Gargiulo will work. In the focus of her project there will be found objects. The artist transforms the common objects and materials used by people to topological compositions and minimalistic sculptures, turning them into the shining crystals or signs. At the residence Florencia plans to create a light interactive installation from objects found on the island. In such a way she will express the attitude towards material culture of any place where the artist can save any subject from entropy, integrating it into a fabric of a new art statement.
Giuseppe Santagata (Italy)
1 - 30 May 2017
Photo: Giuseppe Santagata. Photographic project “A Leap into the Shadows”.
From May 1 till May 30, 2017 Italian artist Giuseppe Santagata is working at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.
Artist’s website: http://www.giuseppesantagata.com/
On the 10th of May 2017 the Italian photographer Giuseppe Santagata met with students of the senior classes of the Children's Art School named after M.K. Anikushin in Kronstadt. The photographer told the children about the history of photography and its emergence as a separate form of art.
On the 25th of May 2017 Giuseppe Santagata showed photographs from the project "A Leap into the Shadows", including new works made by him in Kronstadt, during the presentation at the NCCA Art Residence.
Anastasiya Kizilova (St.Petersburg, Russia)
Photo: Presentation of the project "FOUND PROJECT" by Anastasia Kizilova. Vladimir Smirnov and Constantine Sorokin Foundation, Moscow, 2017. Photographer: Evgenia Zubchenko.
Artists association "DVENEODNA"(TWONOTONE) (Voronezh, Russia)
The association of artists "DVENEODNA" was founded in April, 2015, by artists Marina Demchenko and Alina Zakurdaeva in the Russian city of Voronezh. The association analyses questions of actuality, time, and problems of perception. Marina and Alina work with abandoned post-Soviet spaces, and produce exhibition projects with the inclusion of paintings made on the found objects, photographs, and videos.
Marina Demchenko and Alina Zakurdaeva - graduates of School of Contemporary Art "LAN” (Moscow, 2016); holders of a grant of Department of Culture of the Voronezh Region and of an Award from the Voronezh Regional Government, winners of the competition "Kultpokhod", creators of the workshop "Two Windows" (Voronezh).
Union website: https://behance.net/DVENEODNA
Aksinya Sarycheva (Tomsk, Russia)
Aksinya Sarycheva (Tomsk, Russia) works in different genres - drawing, performance, objects, installations. In 2014, the artist graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Tomsk State University. Participant of projects: Laboratory of New Art, Festival of New Art (Tomsk, 2015), Festival "Theses" (Kemerovo, 2015), theatrical productions of the Aelita Center (Tomsk), etc. In spring 2016, Aksinya Sarycheva had her first personal exhibition The Thing (painting, drawing, graphics) with the support from the Siberian Branch of the NCCA in Tomsk. Website (graphic works): vatrushkan.tumblr.com/
On February 17, 2017, the opening of the exposition Heat and Waterproofing was organized at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt. The artist presented objects, graphic works, and video Inside an Insulator. The artist is playing with meanings, metaphors and text, and combines her personal mythology and topography with the real story of the place and historical myths.
Maria Kryuchkova (Russia)
Maria Kryuchkova (Samara, Russia) is a participant of the 9th Shiryaevo International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2016). In October, 2016 Maria had a personal exhibition "New Folder. Damaged file" in the frames of the curatorial project "Volga. Zero." Now Maria with her team is working on a theatrical project "The City of NSK", where she is engaged as a playwright and as an artist.
During her stay in the residency Maria worked on a project entitled "I miss you". It is a reflection on the state of melancholy and restlessness that never leaves a human being. From 14th till 19th February, 2017, in the White Hall of the Creative Space "Taiga" (St. Petersburg, 20 Palace Embankment) Maria Kryuchkova’s exhibition "I miss you" will be open for view: www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Alina and Artyom Kiselyovs (Magnitogorsk, Russia)
Alina Kiselyova. Oblivion. Photography.2016
In the Art residence in Kronstadt artists Alina Kiselyova and Artyom Kiselyov are currently working on the art project "Color of the White”, a project of the human perception of boundaries of the visible world, where everyday life, in connection with futuristic design, creates surreal images and myths. White color is in tune with the northern region (white nights, the White Sea) and monochrome landscape of the area. The project represents metacontemporary space consisting of works at the intersection of painting, photography and media installation.
Alina Kiselyova (b.1986) is an artist and photographer, born in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk, Russia. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of Magnitogorsk State University. Currently engaged in painting, graphics, photography, sculpture. Participant of different national and international festivals of photography: Baltic biennale of photography Photomania (2013, 2015), 1st International Photo Contest in Tyumen, Russia Fixage 2014.FIAP (Special 1st degree prize for black and white photography), Third Museum Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography (State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St.Petersburg, Russia, 2014-2015), International Photo Awards (IPA) in CIS (Silver prize for “Fine Art: Landscape”, 2016), etc. Website: www.angelinakiseleva.com/
Artem Kiselyov (b.1989) - artist. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Magnitogorsk State University. Active in painting, sculpture, installation. www.artem-angelina.com/
Abigail Donovan and Thomas Hughes (USA)
Performance artist Abigail Donovan and engineer, inventor Thomas Hughes from the USA using a variety of electronic and optical technologies provide resonating experiential spaces, situational compositions, representing the imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole.
In the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt in December 2016 Abigail Donovan and Thomas Hughes continued to work in this direction and created media installation "Yesterday Has Not Been Born Yet” (the title is a quotation from an essay by Osip Mandelstam, "The Word and Culture"). Its public presentation took place on the 14th of December 2016 at TAIGA creative space: www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
In December 2011 at the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt Donovan and Hughes within "The 181" art collective worked on and presented the project "Rings of the continents”.
Abigail Donovan (b.1969) is a performance and media artist. Member of "The 181" art collective. Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Art and Design of the University of Delaware (USA). Graduated Swarthmore College (Philadelphia, USA) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan, USA). Artist’s website: abbydonovan.com/
Thomas Hughes (b.1967) is an engineer and inventor. Member of "The 181" art collective. Ph.D. in Physics. He graduated from the University of Oregon and the University of Maine (USA). Areas of special interest include physics and electronics education, artistic electrical, optical, and mechanical engineering, embedded controllers and assembly programming languages.
Ina Otzko (Norway)
Ina Otzko is a Norwegian artist and curator. Holds a dual Master’s from the Image and Communication and Fine Art programs at Goldsmith College in London and an additional Master’s degree in Sound studies from the Berlin University of Arts. She actively participates in the work of many cultural institutions in Norway and abroad as an artist and curator. In her performance and photo/video projects, Otzko works with the theme of identity and corporeality in a personal and societal context. Many of her works explore how new spaces transpire or are created between the meeting and the confrontation between the inner and the outer, longing and belonging, intimacy and vulnerability. (“Interiors” (2012-2015), “LDL / Mutatio” (2007), “Pebbles & Panties - Bell Set No.1” (2013), “Mothers Garden” (2010). Otzko’s portfolio also includes several installations, including “Stay a while you are so beautiful,” created in 2012 for Konsthall Luleå. Artist’s website: www.inaotzko.net/
In Kronstadt Ina Otzko will prepare a video work for the exhibition "Rhetorics of Power" that will be held at the Museum of Nonconformist Art from October 15 till November 20, 2016.
Julio Linares (Spain)
Julio Linares (b.1985). Born and grew up in Toledo (Spain). Graduated from Madrid Complutense University with a fine arts degree. He undertook a one-year Erasmus exchange in Paris. Julio worked in the cultural center La Casa Encendida in Madrid. In 2013 he got a grant from the Council of Toledo and went to Morocco to study drawing in Tetuan Institute of Fine Arts. Upon coming back to Toledo, he founded an artistic workshop «La Guarida», where he still lives and works. His artworks exhibited in Toledo, Madrid, Paris, Bilbao, San Francisco, Oakland, Edinburgh, Brussels and other cities. Artist Website: cargocollective.com/juliolinares
Julio Linares uses the traditional technique of painting on canvas. One of the reasons of the visit to St. Petersburg is his desire to investigate traditional plastic arts which, unlike in many European art schools, so perfectly preserved in St. Petersburg. His stay-program includes meetings and exchange of knowledge and experience with Russian artists, acquaintance with invaluable works of art in the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. During his stay in the residence the artist is going to paint Kronstadt landscapes which will be then exhibited in Madrid. The city of Kronstadt, with its glorious history and monuments from various historical epochs, inspires the artist by its mysteriousness and beauty.
This visit is organized under the joint program of art-residences National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Center for Contemporary Art Matadero in Madrid.
Marta Jarabo (Spain)
Marta Jarabo is an artist and architect. She graduated from the School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) in 2013 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She realizes projects on the edge of architecture, design, fine arts and social studies. In 2014 she received Omnivoros grant for her work on the project "The Foldable House", lately it was exposed in Madrid Amadis Gallery. Marta is a cofounder of the architecture office Oficina Mutante in Madrid. She has participated in numerous competitions as a part of the art-group and as an individual artist. Her projects were implemented in India and China. Marta took part in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 with the Cristal Chain project that is now exposed in the Pavilion of Spain. Artist Website: cargocollective.com/martajarabo
In Kronstadt residence the artist will work on the project related to the issue of Northern Nomadism. There are several organizations and universities in St. Petersburg, researching ingenious peoples of Siberia and Far North. Research work in the archives will help the author to find new information for her project.
This visit is organized under the joint program of art-residences National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Center for Contemporary Art Matadero in Madrid.
Igor Zaidel (Russia-Germany)
Photo: Tamara Teneta
Igor Zaidel is a Russian artist and designer. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute and Berlin University of the Arts. His works were represented at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (Zurich, Switzerland), the German Historical Museum (Berlin, Germany) and private collections in Paris, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Kiev, Milan and Warsaw. Artist’s website: www.zaidesign.org/
Igor Zaidel will work on a series of portraits of Kronstadt’s residents. “I would like to show ordinary people, residents of the city. Sailors, their families, employees of municipal services, etc. Expanded part of the program will be architectural drawings, street scenes and household details. Combination of text and painting is a topic which I have been working with from the beginning of my artistic career in the late 1980s.”
On the 27th of August 2016 Igor Zaidel will give an artist- talk and present his works made in Kronstadt at the Art League Gallery (St.Petersburg): www.ncca.ru/events.text
Pim Zwier (the Netherlands)
Pim Zwier is a film maker and media artist. Graduated from Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. His works balance between documentaries, experimental film and video-art. Zwier’s films and video installations were shown at different international festivals, exhibitions, and on television. Zwier was a member of Filmbank, a Dutch distributor of experimental film, also curated various film programs and was a jury member at several international film festivals.
At the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt Pim Zwier worked on the video project “Three Dimensions of Time”. The project is a film, in which the artist uses and investigates the technology of color separation, which was once used by the Russian photographer, chemist and inventor Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky to produce color photographs. Each scene of the film is shot from the same position at three different moments of time. Three shots with filters (red, green and blue), combined together, form natural colors in all motionless elements of a picture. Simultaneously transitory elements - people, animals, machines - move through these scenes in deviant colors, leaving only a transparent trace, as if they are memories or ghosts.
On the 9th of August 2016 Pim Zwier gave an artist-talk at TAIGA creative space, St.Petersburg: www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Filippo Minelli (Italy)
Filippo Minelli is an Italian performance artist. Artist’s website: www.filippominelli.com/
Since 2009 Minelli “shells” nature with colored smoke bombs, which grow in the air into mystical creatures. As an artist who came out of the protest and graffiti- art scene, Minelli decontextualizes clouds of tear gas and converts them back into the rich of color artifacts. Minelli’s artistic research has reached a high degree of synthesis and concentration that combines mastery of the aesthetic codes with language awareness and the ability to express complex content.
Current series Silence / Shapes is the experiment of giving physical shape to silence. Basically, he makes such performances in the mountains, lakes, or in vacant buildings. Project is presented in the genre of photography.
One more project is Padania Classics that is a landscape research project aiming to identify contemporary landscape, aesthetics and architectural specificities of ‘Padania’. Padania is a name of Piedmont, Lombardy and other northern regions of Italy. Project includes a book Atlante dei Classici Padani that Minelli has worked on for 5 years. Divided in 18 chapters this book analyzes in obsessive way subjects related to what separatist politicians call the Macro region: from urbanism based on overbuilding to the God of Gold, from waste dumping to architecture and absurd monuments, from politics to religion, from betting to ‘oriental’ massages providing a full insight about contemporary landscape and human behaviors of Northern Italy.
The aim of Contradictions ongoing project (since 2007) is to point out the gap between the reality we live in and the ephemeral world of social media by writing the names of social-networks and tech companies in economically or socially unstable locations, underlining the idealization implied in the act of sharing and pointing out the difference between what we decide to show about us and how reality actually is. The marketing behind new technologies is characterized by a religious veneration, and users are pushed to live with increasing abstraction from reality, using social-media to represent only an ideal reality.
July 12, 2016. Arist-talk: Filippo Minelli: www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Kate McMillan (UK)
Kate McMillan’s work incorporates a range of media including installation, sculpture, film, sound, photography and painting. McMillan is interested in the linking narratives of forgetting and place, often focusing on the histories of various island sites. Her artworks thus act as haunting memory-triggers for histories and ideas that are over-looked. Artist’s website: www.katemcmillan.net/
For over ten years she has explored the mythology and metaphor of island sites – including Pontikinisi in Greece, Tasmania, Cockatoo Island and Wadjemup in Australia and the Isle of Wight in England. Many of the projects that have emerged from research into these locations have sought to trace out the residue of past histories. Of particular interest are the residues of fortifications around Kotlin Island. The notion of fortification as a metaphor for identity and isolationism will form the framework for initial research.
McMillan’s practice often manifests as multi-channel film based installations. The use of sound and sculpture also feature. The period in Kronstadt will involve gathering moving image footage, sound and photographs that will work towards a new body of work.
Since 2002 McMillan has undertaken residencies in London, Tokyo, Switzerland, Berlin, Sydney, China and Hong Kong. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including a 2015 New Work Grant from the Australia Council, which she also received in 2011 & 2009. She is also currently working on a large project called ‘The Ghosts of Material Things’ which will be shown in Berlin in 2017 for which she has received funding from the British Council and Arts Council England. In 2013 she was awarded a Fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA) and a Mid-Career Fellowship in 2008. She has resided on the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) based in Sydney and has worked as a Peer and an Advisor for the Australia Council for the Arts. Her PhD (2014) explored the capacity for Contemporary Art to unforget history. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at King’s College, London.
On the 7th of July 2016 Kate McMillan gave an artist-talk at TAIGA creative space, St.Petersburg: www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Felix Kalmenson (Canada)
Felix Kalmenson (b. 1987, St.Petersburg, Russia). Lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Toronto (Canada). Active in installation, video, photography, performance and sound art. Artist’s website: www.felixkalmenson.com/
“A Return is a research and video project that will centre around my experience of returning to St. Petersburg for the first time since I was two years old in 1989. The work will consist of experiencing the city through a series of recollections and stories that will be imparted by my mother, father, and grandparents who all lived in the city for decades. Following the traces that they set out for me I will weave a narrative of searching, negotiating memory and its complex traces on a changing landscape. The project will pose the question, what does it mean to return to a home city after so long? Making use of images and super 8 footage from our lives in St. Petersburg in the late 80's and original footage I will film in my own retracings, I will create a video and installation work which attempts to peice together these narratives into an understanding of how visual language can bridge displaced moments in time”.
Sebastien Thomazo (France)
Sebastien Thomazo (b.1970). Graduated from Cherbourg National Art School in France, now Esam Caen/Cherbourg (École supérieure d'arts et médias de Caen – Cherbourg). Took part in international residency programs in France (Aubenas, 2012), Russia (“Fabrica” Center for Creative Industries, Moscow, 2013), Moldavia (“Typographia 5”, Kishinev, 2013). His works were presented in different galleries in Europe. Active in painting, drawing and assemblage. Thomazo made a lot of illustrations for books, magazines, musical CD covers, cartoons, posters for music festivals and theaters.Artist’s website: sebastienthomazo.com/
In Kronstadt the artist worked on an assemblage with different objects (paper, wood, cans, animals’ bones, rubbish and things destroyed by time or people, etc.) found in Kronstadt, painting them and drawing on them. Final work was presented at Kronstadt International Eco Art Festival “KronFest”.
TV-report by LIFE78 about Sebastien Thomazo and his project: www.youtube.com/watch
Julien Salaud (France)
Julien Salaud (b.1977) is a French artist. Lives and works in Orléans, France. Artist’s website: www.julien-salaud.info/
In the frames of the Kronstadt International Eco Art Festival “KronFest” Julien Salaud presented the installation “Stellar Arachnes” in the Museum of the History of Kronstadt (Kronstadt, Leningradskya ulitsa, 2). The installation was open for visitors from the 25th of May till the 25th of June, 2016. www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Installation “Stellar Arachnes” included stuffed animals, videos, photos, and audio. Arachne is the name of a Greek craftswoman who wanted to surpass in the art of weaving Athena herself and was turned into a spider for that. For Julien Salaud the image of Arachne is the best symbol of an Artist, who aims to connect the broken relationship between man and his environment and recreate human ecology.
Shreepad Joglekar (India-USA)
Shreepad Joglekar (b.1976) is a photographer and video artist from Mumbai, India. Currently he works as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Kansas State University, USA. The main topic of his artistic research is built and natural environments. “I am fascinated about how a specific geographic environment shapes the society and how the cultural and social forces shape the surrounding environment”. The results of research will be represented in the form of media installation. Artist’s website: www.aabhaa.com/
June 7, 2016 Shreepad Joglekar gave an artist-talk and presented his photo and video works at Creative Space "Taiga": www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Karl Larsson (Sweden)
Karl Larsson (b. 1980). Graduated from the Central St. Martins (CSM), London, UK (Master of Fine Arts), the Byam Shaw School of Art, CSM, London, UK (Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts), Malmö University, Sweden (Sound Illustration and Filmmaking), the School of Engineering of the Jönköping University, Sweden (BA in Light Design), Mälardalen University, Sweden (Expo/Event Design). Artist’s website: www.karllarsson.se/
During the residency Karl Larsson worked on the sound project “The sound-shape of realities”. This is a project in the field of sonic relation, interpretation or representation of “music concrete” that is based not on musical, but recorded “natural” sounds. Artist records sounds and then relates them with the ones made in other places. Recordings made in Kronstadt will be edited and then reused together with recordings made in historical sites of Sweden. “Whatever the results become, there will be a touch point between history and what happens, if the history of Sweden and of Russia is mixed: the sounds are woven together and they create a space where present and past are represented in a sonic space of time”.
Tomoko Omata (artistic name is Ouma) is a Japanese Tokyo-based artist, photographer (b. 1979). Her first occupation is a veterinarian, second – an artist. She started doing art since 2011. Her works were presented in different Japanese galleries. Website: oumavet.com/
Since 2013 Ouma is also running the SORA Project. This project is kind of art therapy. The core message is “All people have original individuality and equal value.” The participants paint on the drawings freely on A4 paper, signing them for memory. Finally all the paintings are united together into one large work. The work is growing as the number of the participants increases. About 300 people have already joined this project.
In Kronstadt Ouma worked on the project “In the Cell”. The main motif of her works is “a cell”, the biologically-defined minimum unit of life. Ouma calls her art “cellular”. The patterns are automatically made on paper without any blueprints as an artist paints having no free will. A work of “cellular” art comprehends the exhibition space as a monolithic “cell”.
On April 24, 2016 Ouma presented her projects at the Art League Gallery (St.Petersburg): www.ncca.ru/en/events.text
Pyotr Shirkovsky (Russia)
Pyotr Shirkovsky (b. 1980) – Moscow-based artist, curator, film director. Graduated from theMoscow Institute of Architecture, the Russian State University for the Humanities, Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow). Chief Editor of “Russian Jungles” magazine (1998). Worked at the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection Department of the Moscow government, Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow, Vladimir Antonichuk Contemporary Art Foundation, the Contemporary Art Department of the State Tretyakov Gallery, and P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems RAS. Curator of exhibitions, director of documentaries “Memories of Sparrow Hills” (2005), “Pink Criminal” (2011), “Persons of Interest” (2014).
At NCCA Art Residence Pyotr Shirkovsky worked on the artistic project “Springtime of Pyotr Kapitza” , an investigation based on biography of the Soviet physicist Pyotr Kapitza from 1894 till 1912.
Caroline Hinkley (USA)
American photographer (b.1940). Visiting Professor of Practice at the Department of Cinematic Arts, University of New Mexico, USA (till 2015, now retired). Graduated from California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A., Interdisciplinary Design and Theory), Claremont Graduate University (M.F.A., Painting and Graphics). Took part in art residence programs in Ireland, USA (Colorado), Iceland.
Last few years her creative work in photography has been devoted to extreme geographies, in particular Tibet and Iceland. “Kronstadt poses a particularly inspiring landscape, both natural and historical. The sea, as a result of work in Iceland, has been a subject for years. The possibility of engaging the maritime material world on Kotlin Island also interests me enormously.”
Since 2015 she has been working as an advisor and still photographer with a team of writers and filmmakers from Norway and the U.S on a documentary film project, Dead Reckoning, centering on the global climate crisis and particularly on the Global Seedvault, situated on the island of Svalbard (Spitzbergen) in the Arctic. This is literally a storage vault, technically complex to secure the safety of the world’s heritage seeds. “The Seed Vault was constructed in 2008 and manifested as a rather exotic piece of geometry placed in the side of glacier. The inspiration behind the construction is the imagination and determination of Cary Fowler, originally a Tennessee farmer, and currently global agrarian activist. His inspiration was the great Russian geneticist, Nikolai Vavilov, who attempted a global revolution of seed collecting and archiving in the early twentieth century.”
Junichiro Ishii (Japan-France)
Junichiro Ishii is a Japanese artist. Active in photography, installation, video and public art. Graduated from Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Took part in the 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art “Qui vive?” (ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow, 2010), 10th International Istanbul Biennale (Istanbul, Turkey, 2007) and other international projects. Winner of Grand prix of the International Video Art Biennale “VIDEOAKT” (Berlin, Germany, 2009) and Festival “Loop” (Barcelona, Spain, 2009). Ishii was also awarded with a silver medal at the 5th International Photo Biennale “TashkentAle” (Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2010). Since 2007 Junichiro Ishii is a participant of the “Maison des Artistes” in France. Lives and works in France. Artist’s website:www.reart.net/
At the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt Junichiro Ishii worked on the artistic project "Matryoshka Horizon".
From February 10 till March 10, 2016, a Japanese photographer Lisa Someda worked on “Riverside” project at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.
“Riverside” is a series of photographs of the riverbank. Someda takes photographs of the opposite shores of rivers at intervals of about 50 m, joins pictures together into a one long piece and installs it mainly in public spaces. Someda has been making this series since 2004, every time changing seasons and places. In 2005 her work “Snow” was shown at the Sapporo Odori 500m Underground Walkway Gallery in Japan. In Someda’s new photo series made during the residency she reflected beautiful landscapes of Saint Petersburg and Kronstadt.
Lisa Someda (b. 1975) is a Japanese photographer, currently based in Kyoto, Japan. Graduated from Kyoto Institute of Technology (the Faculty of Design and Engineering). somedalisa.net/
Elena Artemenko (Russia)
During her stay at the Kronstadt residence media-artist Elena Artemenko (Moscow) worked on the Softness project (the project involved creation of an object and video documentation).
“Kronstadt is a military port with numerous militartistic monuments and sites: black cannons, anchors and railings with pointed spikes, straight-back officers marching along the streets. Everything here seems to speak of military bearing and stiffness. I decided to create yet another monument that would remind of how soft and vulnerable human flesh can be. It is a silicon anchor – soft, tired and flabby – that responds to every puff of breeze blowing along the Petrovskaya embankment in Kronstadt”.
Elena Artemenko is a media artist, active in video, sculpture and installation. She was born in 1988 in Krasnodar. Graduated from the Kuban State University, department of journalism (Krasnodar, 2010), from the Rodchenko Art School, Media art department (Moscow, 2013). Participant of all-Russian and international exhibitions and festivals of contemporary art in Russia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, UK and France. She was a nominee for Kandinsky Prize (Moscow, 2012-2014), was awarded with Special prize of the International Video Art Festival "Now&After" (Moscow, 2014) and granted by the Sharjah Art Foundation / Production program (UAE, 2014) and Kooshk Artist Residency Award (Iran, 2015). Elena Artemenko lives and works in Moscow. artemenko.net/, vimeo.com/user10062294
Denis Patrakeev (Russia)
While staying at the Art-residence St. Petersburg artist Denis Patrakeev has been working on an object named Load made of salt, stone, rope and a block. As water with high concentration of salt leaks down a saline crystal grows on a rod. “The instability field is loaded with distortions of our doubts. Striving to visualize the invisible, build up the tentative we are looking for a basis, a reference. One’s connection with the core provides essential interaction when laying down foundation for an image. The first stone is no longer a ‘settled’ one, it becomes the law. Once it stands up, it loses the connection, turns into a pillar of salt, a ‘monument to an unfaithful soul’.”
Denis Patrakeev was born in 1987 in Leningrad. Graduated from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, the Faculty of Arts (2009). Patrakeev is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia (since 2008). His works are in private collections of Russia, France, Norway, India, Japan and USA. Artist’s website: www.denispatrakeev.com/
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