View of “Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History,” 2014.

“Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History”

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

View of “Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History,” 2014.

Based on years of archival research, “Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History” provided a comprehensive overview of the subject over the last hundred years, from the artistic experiments of the early Russian avant-garde through the Moscow Conceptualism of the 1970s to the political post-perestroika work of the “New Wave” and Moscow Actionism groups, the apolitical collective performances of the early 2000s, and the renewed interest in activism and politics in performance in the 2010s. An enlarged photograph of the anti-Putin protest group Pussy Riot (by prominent Moscow photographer Igor Mukhin) was the not-so-subtle exit point of the exhibition.

Rather than articulating performance as a genre, through which questions are produced only by the medium itself, the exhibition embedded the medium in very a specific sociopolitical and cultural context, with its own questions,

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