Nikolay Alutin
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Survival Kit

In the framework of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art

October 6 — 26, 2017

Cultural Transit Foundation

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The second part of the project Survival Kit, which sets out to raise questions on subtlety in artistic practices within countries that develop conservative political regimes, in this instance Turkey and Russia, and invites artists to research possible methodologies of survival in the context of (self-)censorship.

While relations between the two states have been obscure lately, a spectrum of almost identical patterns occurs, particularly concerning consistent cuts of support for contemporary culture in all forms. A point at which socio-political art discontents both governments is by far gone and a vast majority of emerging artists lives in a state of uncertainty being unprotected from the forms of pressure they expect to follow.

Survival Kit can be perceived as an attempt to establish a certain framework that may or may not be mandatory for contemporary art to function in the future of censorship to come. By collaborating for six months, five Turkish and five Russian artists researched different methodologies, such as camouflage and irony, to create works that are both united by the idea of subtle art yet divided by their specific subjects & practices.

The project culminated with the panel discussion Why work together? at CCI Fabrika in Moscow on November 27, 2017.

Larissa Araz, Cansu Çakar, Özgur Demirci, Didem Erk, Dima Filippov, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Dmitriy Lyashenko, Irina Petrakova, Marina Ragozina, Eşref Yıldırım.

"С машиной в голове"
Inde, 10.10.2017 (RU)

"Открытия недели"
Aroundart, 10.10.2017 (RU)

"В Культурном транзите пройдет выставка турецких художников"
The Village, 28.09.2017 (RU)

"В Екатеринбурге покажут выставку Набор для выживания"
Aroundart, 25.08.2017 (RU)

Kristina Pestova
Larissa Araz, Nevermind, 2017
Larissa Araz, Nevermind, 2017, board game

Dmitriy Lyashenko, How To Make Your Country Great Again, 2017
Dmitriy Lyashenko, How To Make Your Country Great Again, 2017, participatory installation

Dima Filippov, All I Can Do, 2017
Dima Filippov, All I Can Do, 2017, digital print on acetate paper