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Trans Russian Art Project “9000 km”

9000 kilometers is a distance from the westernmost to the easternmost border of Russia. The art project “9000 km” is implemented in cooperation with curators from cultural and educational institutions from Russian regions, the representatives of "Russian diasporas" in the countries of the former Soviet Union and abroad. The project "9000" emerged from the aspiration to reflect new artistic geography of each region, demonstrate their cultural components and also to comprehend the common artistic "ideogram" that would be identical to the contemporary condition of "the big fatherland" that is both European and Asian, liberal and conservative, centralized and provincial. Among other tasks the project seeks for “junction points” between Vladivostok and Kaliningrad by means of constructing a single “cultural axis” 9000 kilometers long, definition of a new identity of contemporary Russia and representation of a unique panorama of artistic expressions of Russian regions, as a reflection of a real cultural and social situation in the country.
The project is aimed at research of topical tendencies in the home contemporary art, at the same time being a guide to contemporary culture of Russia, revealing the “assemblage points” of different regions and Russian diasporas. The common agenda of the project is built on interaction of contemporary artistic practices with social and cultural situations “in situ”. In each region the curator gathers a creative group that presents artistic and social “brand” model of its space. The represented regional projects are initially provocative in social sense: talking about the Chinese in Vladivostok, trying to survive in a monument, into which St.Petersburg has turned, observing a border deep in the country – in Ural, to emphasize the fellow countrymen living abroad in Kaliningrad… The reflections sight at certain condition of space, which is going through not only temporary, but also mental, social and cultural changes. 9000 km is a compiling project, a socio-cultural research, a cultural gesture. The problems suggested by different cities is work with “one’s own territory”, artists, speaking about the global and creating projects, “the sights” of history today, are making up an actual cultural practice, they are the correlate of it.

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts

Senior curator of NCCA program «Concepts, Strategies, Technologies»
Leonid Bazhanov, art-director of the NCCA, Moscow

Senior curator of the project
Yevgeny Umansky, art-director of the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA

Julia Gnirenko, NCCA, Moscow

EPSON Company

Institutional partners
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art
European University, St.Petersburg
Ural State University, Yekaterinburg
Ural Youth Museum, Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art
Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Belinsky, Yekaterinburg
Kemerovo State University
Eurasian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kurgan
Kurgan Regional Art Museum
Krasnoyarsk Cultural-Historical Museum Complex
Novosibirsk Regional Art Museum
Autonomous Non-profit Organization «Buro of Topical Culture», Novosibirsk
Gallery «Arka», Vladivostok
Regional branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, Vladivostok
Association of artists «ArtEast», Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Association «Eastern Alliance», Prague, Czechia

Mass-media support, ArtChronika, DA, ZAART, pH, Radio "Svoboda"

The organizers would like to express their gratitude to all the participants of the project.

Special gratitude for assistance in the project:
Vasiliy Tseretely, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art;
Tor Yamadzaky, Elena Rudenetskaya, Moscow Representatives of EPSON;
Oksana Ulitina, St.Petersburg Representatives of EPSON;
Anna Lyashko, Aleksander Khodot, European University, St.Petersburg;
Andrey Logvin, LOGVINDESING, Moscow;
Dmitry Korobeynikov, Marina Sokolovskaya, Regional Universal Scientific Library, Yekaterinburg;
Tamara Galeyeva, Ural State University, Yekaterinburg;
Sergey Kropotov, Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art;
Lyudmila Savitskaya, Olga Lutsko, Kurgan Regional Art Museum;
Irina Petrova, Kemerovo State University;
Aleksander Shubskiy, Sergey Kovalevskiy, Julia Khan’kova, Krasnoyarsk Museum Complex of Culture and History;
Andrey Martynov, Vladimir Nazanskiy, Novosibirsk Art Museum;
Lyudmila Ivashina, «Bureau of Topical Culture», Novosibirsk;
Vera Glazkova, gallery «Arka», Vladivostok;
Vadim Osadchiy, Eurasian Centre for Contemporary Art, Kurgan.