While the Moscow Biennale arrived without much ado, the side projects provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of the emerging Russian artists, many of whom have been recently recognized with grants.
As Baibakov Art Project’s Kate Sutton mentioned in her report on the Moscow Biennale for Artforum.com, the Garage’s new Chief Curator, Kate Fowle, has much in store for the institution – from a curatorial training program for aspiring Russian art worlders, to an archival library, to research grants for international artists interested in working in Russia. Of course, even before Fowle’s arrival, the Garage was moving in this direction, with a collaborative publishing program with the wonderful Ad Marginem, and a series of stipends for young Russian artists (as, after all, one of the biggest obstacles facing emerging artists isn’t so much the lack of connection as the lack of day-to-day funds.)
Last week, the Garage announced its current crop of stipend winners, including an extension of one of the previously-awarded grants. From the 307 total applicants, six will be receiving a stipend of 20,000 rubles (about $620, which is around what many artists pay for an apartment) each month for an entire year, hopefully allowing them to focus more on developing their practice. The finalists are:
Evgeny Granilshchikov (Moscow)
Arseny Zhilyaev (Voronezh-Moscow)
Ksenya Sorokina (Astrakhan-Moscow)
The ZIP Group (Krasnodar)
Marina Androsovich (Moscow)
Ilya Dolgov (Moscow)
Ivan Gorshkov (Voronezh) [extended]
Meanwhile, after the Artchronika staff not-so-voluntarily-voluntarily left their jobs late this summer, it raised more than a few whispers about the Artchronika Foundation‘s other main endeavour, the Kandinsky Prize, which had released the list of its nominees earlier in the summer. By all appearances, the contest is pressing over. Last week, the foundation announced this year’s six finalists – three for each of the two categories: Project of the Year and Young Artist of the Year (The Media Project of the Year category got scrapped a while back.) Click on each name to see the Kandinsky Prize artist page, which includes images and videos.
Project of the Year
Young Artist of the Year
As we noted earlier, we are excited to see so many new names – many of which are graduates from the Rodchenko School of Photography and Media Art, which is becoming more and more of a player on the Moscow scene.
Congratulations to all of the recipients and nominees!