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The Expert Committee of the 11th All-Russian competition in contemporary visual art INNOVATION 2015 met at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) on February 15, 2016. A shortlist of nominees in a total of four nominations has been formed as the result of a discussion and voting by Expert Committee members. Due to the fact that the NCCA declined the application to enter Peter Pavlensky’s work The Threat in the “Work of Visual Art” nomination, three Expert Committee members left the Committee: Ilya Dolgov, artist, co-founder of the Voronezh Centre for Contemporary Art; Dmitry Ozerkov, art critic, curator, head of the Contemporary Art Department at the State Hermitage and Anna Tolstova, art critic, author at Kommersant Publishers. The remaining members of the Expert Council have reached a decision not to hold voting in the “Work of Visual Art” nomination due to the refusal of Peter Pavlensky’s application.

NCCA Director General Mikhail Mindlin: “According to the competition regulation, the organizers have the right to decline any application for entry. We have declined to enter a work by Peter Pavlensky, The Threat, in the “Work of Visual Art” nomination. In this case, it became obvious that during the creation of said work certain actions were undertaken, leading to financial and physical damage and breach of the law. The refusal of this application is unrelated to professional judgment. Entering a work that led to a breach of the law in a competition organized by a public organization and held under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation was deemed unacceptable by us. As a result of the discussion, following our decision to decline Peter Pavlensky’s application for entry, the Expert Committee has decided not to hold voting in this nomination. Thus it has been decided not to give an award in the “Work of Visual Art” nomination this year. We are very sorry that other artists’ works entered in this nomination will not be able to compete.

Works in other nominations:

“Curatorial Project” nomination:

Viktor Misiano. Elective Affinities. For the multidisciplinary project “The Human Condition”

Kirill Svetlyakov, Nikolai Smirnov. Science advisor – Dmitry Zamyatin. Metageography: Space – Image – Action

The Unstoppables Group. “The Caucasus” Pavilion

Irina Petrakova, Ivan Novikov, Mikhail Klimin, Matvey Krylov, Nikolai Saprykin, Ilmira Bolotian, Leta Dobrovolskaya, Vitaly Barabanov. Center "Red"

Anna Zhurba. The East: Deconstruction


“New Generation” nomination:

Aslan Gaisumov. Volga

Polina Kanis. The Pool

Evgeny Granilschikov. The War (Unnamed)

Leonid Tskhe. Neopetersburg

Yan Tamkovich. A Large Scale Exposition


“Regional Contemporary Art Project” nomination:

Alisa Prudnikova. 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art

Alisa Savitskaya and Vladislav Efimov with Ksenia Anufrieva, Elena Belova, Evgenia Strelkova and Olesya Filatova. Museum of Great Hopes

Alisa Bagdonaite, Vera Glazkova, Natalia Levdanskaya. The Rebel Country

Yana Malinovskaya, Mikhail Lylov. Open Space Observations

Elena Kolovskaya, Alisa Prudnikova. 13th International Festival “Contemporary Art at the Traditional Museum”


“Theory, Critique, Art Studies” nomination:

Olga Shishko. The Avant-garde Projections

Viktor Miziano. The Impossible Community. In 3 volumes: Escape Program, , Anthology

Alexander Shaburov. B.U. Kashkin (1935 – 2005): The Life and Work of the Ural Punk Minstrel

Furkat Palvanzade, Denis Drachev, Maria Terekhova, Marina Simakova, Ilya Budraitskis, Maria Kramar, Andrey Shental. The 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Blog

Gleb Ershov. The Global Prime Artist: Pavel Filonov



The INNOVATION 2015 Jury has overwhelmingly voted to give the following two awards in out-of-competition nominations:

“For contribution to the development of contemporary art” – Boris Orlov, artist

“For support of contemporary art in Russia” – Leonid Mikhelson, collector, donor, founder of the V-A-C Foundation


The nominees’ works will be exhibited at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) from April 1 to June 13, 2016.

Press show of the exhibition will take place on March 31 at 17:00 at NCCA

Exhibition opening at NCCA – March 31 at 19:00

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