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ZARYA A-I-R PROGRAM FINALISTS / 2023

The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art together with the Golubitskoe Art Foundation are pleased to announce the participants of the year-round Zarya Artist Residency programme in 2023.

We have received more than 240 applications from individual artists and art collectives from 16 countries: Argentina, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Winners of the Open Call:

  • Kirill Garshin (Voronezh, Russia), artist.

Project: Researching the Far Eastern flora and fauna, and creating a series of paintings (titled Bestiary) using pigments made from indigenous plants.

  • Mantu Das (Guwahati, India), artist.

Project: Examining the parallels between Russian and Indian mythologies, and creating a light installation and a series of paintings rooted in local fables and the history of the region.

  • Alexander Dashevskiy (St Petersburg, Russia), artist and curator.

Project: An artist's book and a series of works on paper examining the history of construction and demolition of Vladivostok’s monuments.

  • Yana Dzhan-Sha and Ilyas Dzhan-Sha (Khabarovsk, Russia), artists, members of the Schisandra collective.

Project: A poetry/collage zine and a musical performance.

  • Yaroslava Komissarova (St Petersburg, Russia), artist and illustrator.

Project: A picturesque site-specific installation.

  • Aischa Gianna Müller (Scansano, Italy), artist.

Project: An installation and a series of photographs and videos based on scientific and artistic research into the winter solstice in Primorye.

  • Elizaveta Narkevich (Moscow, Russia), artist, designer and sculptor.

Project: A series of collages and a ‘total’ installation based on artistic research into Vladivostok’s history as a closed city (1952–1991).

  • Alina Streltsova (Moscow, Russia), art historian, journalist and the editor-in-chief of the Iskusstvo magazine.

Project: a study of the region’s art environment.

The new residents will be invited to Vladivostok for the duration of 6 to 12 weeks. We will provide a grant, and a studio/workshop, as well as cover costs for the work materials, and reimburse travel expenses. Additionally, we will organise field trips and day trips so that the residents can familiarise themselves with the region and its art context.

About Zarya Art Residency

Zarya CCA’s artist-in-residence programme in Vladivostok works towards supporting and nurturing contemporary art professionals. One of the residency’s purposes is to initiate a dialogue between the close-knit professional community and a wider audience. Since its establishment in December 2014, Zarya Artist Residency has been a touchpoint between representatives of different countries and cultures and has contributed to the development of the art scene in the Russian Far East. More than 100 artists from Russia and abroad, including Ivan Gorshkov, the EliKuka group, Irina Korina, Olya Kroytor, Fabian Knecht, Anastasia Potemkina, Tima Radya, Sergei Sapozhnikov, and Valery Chtak, have participated in the residency. In the summer of 2020, the Golubitskoe Art Foundation’s residency programme succeeded to Zarya Artist Residency, hosting researchers, curators and artists, including Varvara Busova, Lyokha G., Alisa Yoffe, and Nikolay Smirnov at its quarters on the Taman Peninsula.