“COVID-19 po-russki” — an interview series with Russian cultural actors

Last month I had a great talk with our former artist-in-residence, professor of Indiana University Andréa Stanislav about art institutions in Russia surviving the global health crisis. #VirtualSPAR was one of the projects in focus. This interview was part of a special series that you can find about here.

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    Nazar Niazmetov

    Thank you for the discussion!
    It was nice to see Andrea again 🙂

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    Hello Anastasia, great interview. It is nice to get to know a bit more about your proffesional work and the art scene in St. Petersburg. I am very excited about your non-conformist art museum .You mentioned Puskinskaya 10 started out as a squatters project. That really reminded me about my visit to Budapest where you have a lot of ‘kerts’. These also started as illegal squaters projects from creative people. Most of them started after the fall of the Sovjet Union, when art and culture where not on the political agenda yet and they had to find there own ways. I have made a series of paintings about them. I really like how things evolve when the artist is also the creator of his own exhibition space and gets to fill in a great deal of the way his or her economics flow. In Holland we also had a few projects like them. ADM for instant was one of them, but they are all being demolished by the rightwing politics, that have been ruling this country for over the last 10 to 15 years. All except for Vrankrijk in the Spuistraat in Amsterdam. They had been smart enough to buy the property and so making it legal, before the breakdown started. Are there more of these squatter-art spaces in St Petersburg or is Pushkinskaya 10 unique in his kind?

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      Anastasia Patsey

      Hey Nanda! Sorry, I didn’t notice your comment until now. Anyway, back to the theme of squats. There is a pretty rich history of squatting in Leningrad in the 80s. Pushkinskaya-10 wasn’t the only such space, but it was unique in many other ways. And while all the squatted spaces that appeared then came to their end at some point, Pushkinskaya-10 transformed to an institution. So in this kind it was and is unique!

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