“Our bodies penetrate the sofas on which we sit, and the sofas penetrate me.”* Encounters with contemporary art at the Zarya Center come about just as easily and as naturally – over a cup of delicious coffee, a round of the popular party game “Mafia”, together with old friends or new acquaintances. In the warm light of the massive factory loft, one can get in some work in the Free-Wifi zone or flip through the latest books, scattered around the table in big groups or nestled in the cozy, two-person Chaise lounge. Since August 1, 2013, 7 days a week, at any time from noon until late at night, the Zarya Center has been a place where one can immerse themselves in art – whether listening or reading about it, touching it, discussing, learning, participating in its creation, or even just simply looking at it.
Zarya Center is a non-profit institution that seeks to promote the achievements of contemporary culture in Russia and beyond, while supporting local emerging artists in Vladivostok. The center is designed to serve as an independent platform for the development of creative ideas on the local level, through a productive dialogue with leading international professionals in the fields of contemporary art, design, architecture, cinematography, literature, theater, music and new media.
The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art operates under the banner of experimental methods of interaction between artists and audience – as demonstrated in performances, public workshops, interactive installations, art-therapy sessions, work-in-progress projects – all aimed at encouraging the audience to take an active role, while simultaneously stimulating the next generation of artists in their quest to find for their own styles and format within the context of the international art world.
Zarya actively welcomes collaboration with representatives from all areas of contemporary art, age 35 or younger. Every month, we will debut selected artists through the exhibition series “Names.” At the end of the year, one of the twelve showcased artists will receive a grant to create a new work for the center’s permanent collection.
Another of the key components of the Zarya Center’s exhibition program is mobile art in a compact format. We call it microart (miniature works by well-known artists, sent via suitcase to the hardest-to-reach viewers) and we’ll be bringing it to the city, as well as large-scale site-specific installations, that artists will create for each spot, using the materials at hand.
As part of the educational program, visitors to the Zarya Center can attend lectures on the history and theory of contemporary art, clothing and accessory design, literature, theatre, and music, among other creative industries; screenings of feature and documentary films, shown in their original language with subtitles; touring screenings of film-festival favorites, as well as the yearly project, An Artist Focus Series – an in-depth look at major examples of international video art, initiated by the Zarya Center in conjunction with Artprojx Cinema.
ON THE EDGE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, THERE IS SPACE FOR ALL!
155 BLD 2, 2nd floor, entrance 10, AVENUE OF 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF VLADIVOSTOK, VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA, 690068
MONDAY - THURSDAY 12PM - 8PM, FRIDAY - SUNDAY 11AM - 10PM
* Manifesto of the Futurist Painters. Umberto Boccioni, Milan, February 11, 1910.