From 12 to 18 December 2022, the participants of the Zarya Artist Residency alongside the artists from the Primorsky and Khabarovsk Regions are invited to Winter School for Artists, a week-long intensive course comprising workshops and classes on the history and theory of art, organised by the Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art (VSCA) on Zarya CCA’s premises. The programme includes portfolio review seminars and lectures on the history of art in Primorye, post-colonial discourse in art, features of artistic research, and other subjects.

The lectures will be held online on weekday evenings. On the weekends, the participants are invited to explore the psycho-geographical features of the area around the Zarya Artist Residency during guided walking tours.


  • 12 December, Monday

18:30–20:30 Zoom lecture by Oksana Budulak – Artist Portfolio: How to Write an Artist Statement and What to Include in Your Portfolio

The participants will receive practical advice on how to build and structure a portfolio and how best to showcase their work.

Oksana Budulak is a curator, art historian, art critic and the head of the curatorial practices section of the Ploshchad Mira Museum Center (Krasnoyarsk). Budulak has conceived and developed various communication projects, artist residencies, and parallel programmes of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, founded and curated two chapters of the Siberian Laboratory for Young Art: Otkrytie Soobshchestva (Opening of the Community; 2016) and From Siberia with Love (2017), curated Museum Nights (2016–2019) and Inaccessible Environment – the parallel programme of the 12th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale ‘World and Peace’ (2017). Budulak curated the After Pozdeev: 30 years of Krasnoyarsk Contemporary Art exhibition/research project and the eponymous book (together with Alexandra Sitnikova), as well as independent street art projects: Rehearsal (2013–2015 ), Flag in Hand (2016–2019). Budulak is the ideologist and co-founder ( (together with Ivan Sannikov) of the Pushka movement. She lives and works in Krasnoyarsk.

  • 13 December, Tuesday

18:00–19:30 Zoom lecture by Anastasia Bogomolova – How to Dig Up Your Theme and Not Bury Yourself in the Process: Artistic Research Methodology

Why should an artist also be a researcher? How not to get lost in the process of researching a complex subject and what guidelines to follow? How to select the most fitting methodology for a particular artistic research project? Why can it be useful for an artist to write texts about their own projects, map their ideas and do interviews? Anastasia Bogomolova’s lecture will expand on the key issues of artistic research – from the concept itself to experimenting with the type of artist’s involvement in the research process.

Anastasia Bogomolova is an artist and researcher. Bogomolova explores the subjects of the flexible nature of memory and oblivion, and complicated legacy, as well as the depiction of traces in the landscape. Anastasia is the winner of Present Continuous 2021, a joint initiative of the V-A-C Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA); finalist and grant recipient of the Nova Art 8 competition (2021); scholarship holder of the Garage Museum’s Grant Program for Emerging Artists (Moscow, 2017 & 2018); winner of the Credit Suisse & Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists (Moscow, 2016). Bogomolova has participated in art residencies in Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark. She lives and works in Yekaterinburg.

  • 14 December, Wednesday

18:00–19:30 Zoom lecture by Anton Valkovsky – Contemporary Art and Complicated Legacy: Part 1. Mediatization of Cultural Trauma

How do contemporary artists address cultural trauma? What is shared, inclusive, historical memory, and how can contemporary art contribute to the co-sharing of cultural traumatic experience? How does contemporary art contribute to the soothing of cultural trauma and the activation of reconciliation processes?

In his first lecture, Anton Valkovsky will explain what cultural trauma and complicated legacy are, give a brief historical overview of the strategies for addressing cultural trauma in contemporary art (including unsuccessful examples, in his opinion), and talk about the mediatization of cultural trauma.

  • 15 December, Thursday

18:00–19:30 Zoom lecture by Anton Valkovsky –Contemporary Art and Complicated Legacy: Part 2. Collective Memory and Working Through Trauma

The second lecture by Anton Valkovsky will be focused on the approaches and strategies for co-sharing cultural trauma and overcoming the painful asymmetry of memory, including examples of participatory art.

Anton Valkovsky, PhD is an independent curator and manager of social and cultural projects. Valkovsky examines complicated legacies and contemporary art as a tool for cultural diplomacy and soft power. He also explores different public art formats (micro-interventions, participatory art, community art) and socially engaged art as tools for social and urban change. Valkovsky is developing the participatory approach in socio-cultural and museum design. He researches and conceptualises regional artistic processes in the South of Russia and the North Caucasus. In 2018–2019 Valkovsky was a visiting researcher and curator at the ZK/U - Center for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin). Valkovsky lives and works in Vladikavkaz.

  • 16 December, Friday

18:00–19:30 Zoom lecture by Anna Bouali – Introduction to Media Art: Art vs Technology

For centuries, scientific thinking has influenced artistic practices, whether the invention of the camera obscura, oil paint, locative media, or blockchain. Why does art need technology? How does the media become a message? Over the course of the lecture, the listeners will get a critical overview of the practices and methods of working with and interpreting media art.

Anna Bouali is an art historian, lecturer, programme director of the OSI Foundation, and curator of the New Media in Contemporary Art programme at the Moscow School of Contemporary Art. Formerly the curator of the Department of Cinematic and Media Art of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Pushkin Museum XXI division (Moscow), and producer of MediaArtLab. Bouali lives and works in Moscow.

  • 17 December, Saturday

16:00–18:00 Offline lecture by Olga Zotova – The History of Primorye Art in the Mid- to Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries (hosted at Zarya CCA’s coworking space)

The Khrushchev Thaw and creative exploration in the Primorsky Region and the Russian Far East (Khabarovsk, Magadan, Komsomolsk-on-Amur). The art of the Shikotan Group as an example of Severe Style. The creation of the Far Eastern Institute of Arts in 1962 and art schools in Vladivostok. The interaction between the capital and Vladivostok through artists-teachers – the graduates of the State Academic Institute of Painting Sculpture and Architecture named after I.E. Repin and the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov. The emergence of neo-avant-garde trends in the 1970s. Vladivostok, Calm and other art groups. Grasping beyond the closed port city. The 1990s as the time of freedom. Holding exhibitions at foreign venues (USA, Japan, Korea). The 2000s as a time of creatives.

Olga Zotova is an Associate Professor of Art History and Senior Researcher at the Vladimir K. Arseniev Museum of Far East History, the senior specialist of the State Tretyakov Gallery branch in Vladivostok, the editor-in-chief of the Fine Arts of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East magazine, and a curator. Zotova lives and works in Vladivostok.

  • 18 December, Sunday

The ‘Situational Forms’ project comprises three meetings and guided walking tours – living a shared experience, built around common points of perception of certain places and spaces in the area surrounding Zarya CCA in Vladivostok.

Natasha Korobka is an artist, musician, and situationist. She explores creative self-organised communities in urban spaces and event design, and works with recycled materials, utilised fabrics and found objects. Natasha is the co-founder of the Korobka Centre of Everything self-organised art space (Vladivostok, 2017–2019), and a curator and participant in shows and situationist projects in Moscow, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and other cities across Russia. Korobka participated in the first project of the GES-2 House of Culture’s Event Laboratory (Moscow) on the premises of the Izmailovo Gallery (Moscow). The owner of the Korobka garage art gallery on the outskirts of Vladivostok. She lives and works in Vladivostok.

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The Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art (VSCA) is a self-organised educational initiative founded in 2015 to bring together emerging artists and curators from Vladivostok. The VSCA members have attended courses curated by Andrey Vasilenko (V-A-C), Valentin Matveenko, PhD (Igra Slov bookstore), curator Natalia Smolyanskaya, philosopher Boris Klyushnikov, artist Ivan Novikov, and others. The shows of the VSCA members have been held at the Artetage Museum, the Vladivostok Oceanarium, a casino and other venues. In 2019–2022, VSCA organised a number of intensive curatorial programmes and summer schools for arts and culture professionals in Siberia and the Russian Far East. In 2019, the School won the Innovation Prize in the Educational Project category.