Introducing the SPAR team: Anastasia Patsey

Hi, everyone!

First of all, I’d like to thank you for joining our initiative. It’s so exciting to see how this platform is turning into a vibrant international studio — thanks to your contributions and engagement.

We though that this would be the right moment for an informal introduction round to get to know each other. I will kick it off by posting my own message, which will be followed by introductions of my colleagues Elizaveta Ordinarceva and Nazar Niazmetov (yes, this is how small our team is).

My name is Anastasia Patsey and I’m the director of the SPAR program. I have a background in art history and curatorial research. In the academic field I’ve been working with such themes as exhibition making (in particular in Germany in the 1920-1970s), curatorial models and strategies, and, finally, professional mobility in the field of arts (researching the phenomenon of art residencies from historical, philosophical and curatorial perspectives).

Since 2010 (oh my God, that makes 10 years!) I’ve been part of the curatorial team at the Pushkinskaya-10 art center — one of Russia’s oldest independent artist-run institution (founded in 1989). I worked in different departments and now share my duties between running the SPAR program and directing the Museum of nonconformist art, both of which are part of the Pushkinskaya-10.

I also work as an independent curator and guest lecturer here in Russia and abroad (with a special passion for the Nordic region). It is challenging to combine an institutional position and independent curatorship, but this is what lets me keep a fresh view on things and prevent professional burnout.

When I’m not at work I’m a mother of two twin toddlers (1.5 years old), which is a whole other job 🙂 Now our family is self isolating at home, and my husband and I share our time between being with our daughters and working in shifts.

I want to keep this introduction brief and informal, so if you’re interested in learning about current projects/favourite food/playlists/hobbies or anything else, just feel free to ask!

I’m looking forward to getting to know you and learning about your creative work.

Take care and keep in touch,

10 thoughts on “Introducing the SPAR team: Anastasia Patsey

  1. thank you Anastasia…It is lovely to meet you and your team. Last June I was in an artist residency in Italy and I met several people from St. Petersburg. Hopefully I will get to visit one day in the future?!
    I am excited to be a part of an art endeavour and meet other artists since that is what my life is about for the last 20 years.
    Your experience and passion for art is impressive. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I do hope that you will be able to visit us one day and experience SPAR offline.

  2. Nice to meet you, Anastasia! Thanks for sharing your introduction. It is very nice to know better the team, and how much work and passion there are behind SPAR and its initiatives.

  3. Hi Anastasia! Thanx for sharing your profile.
    Virtual Studio is growing step by step with fresh inspiration!
    It would be great to hear if you and your team are thinking of new projects (crazy moment to think about the future…) but until a vaccinate or something similar arrives I wonder what do you think about crypto art galleries, and, of course, tell us about your playlists, which music elevates you. Thank you and stay safe!

    1. Hi, Juan! Yes, we surely are making plans, although it’s yet unclear when we can fulfil anything offline. We have a large SPAR group show (happening every 2 years) scheduled for July, but it seems that we will have to reschedule it. We use this time as a chance to focus on our online presence and launch such initiatives is Virtual SPAR.
      As for my playlist, I have a quite wild mix of instrumental tracks, jazz, Berlin techno, choral singing, remixes of soviet songs, and local bands. There’s also avantgarde and experimental music, but this is not something you can play in the background.
      So, my top artist on Spotify last week were: Fink, Metronomy, Bonobo, and Motorama. Enjoy! 🙂

      1. Hi Anastasia, thanx for your answer!
        I can see that you have a select & wide music panorama -;)
        Regarding crypto art, I mean galleries like this one I confess being interested in open my own space, maybe shared, whilst the moment to travel abroad arrives.
        It seems now the time to expand online proposals, as you are doing so well with Spar Virtual Studio.
        I’m playing Motorama… It sounds like the eighties but fresh.
        Have a nice day!

        1. Thank you for sharing the link! This is absolutely exciting. Walking through the galleries right now. Some are very impressive.

    2. About the crypto art galleries — did you mean virtual art galleries or regular galleries selling works for bitcoins?

What do you think about this?