Pussy Riot not on the Kandinsky Prize Shortlist

A still from AES+F, Allegoria Sacra, 2011

Today the shortlist for the 2012 Kandinsky Prize was announced. The 21 nominees for Project of the Year (culled from a list of 188) and 16 (out of 197) for the Young Generation Award will be featured in an exhibition this fall at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, before the final decision is announced in December.

Despite outspoken support from prominent critics Irina Kulik and Katya Degot, Pussy Riot did not make the list. On the bright side, their omission will arguably do more for their cause than their conclusion, as demonstrated with Voina and their dick-grafitti debacle.

While talk will most likely focus on Pussy Riot, the rest is fairly staid, with regulars like AES+F, Dmitry Gutov, Andrei Monastyrski and Andrei Filippov leading the nominations for Project of the Year, and young veteran Arseny Zhilaev topping off the nominees for New Generation, which also includes Olga Kroitor and Dmitry Venkov, who produced The World of the Other as a special commission for Baibakov Art Projects’ inaugural exhibition, invasion : evasion.

So far the full list is available in Russian. We will update it when it’s in English.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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