The 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art Announces Bold List of Participants

Bringing young voices to the fore, the show will focus on instabilities.

Nadim Samman, curator, and Ekaterina Kibovskaya, commissioner of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
Courtesy of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art press office

The fifth Moscow Biennale for Young Art, taking place this summer for six weeks only from July 1-August 10, today announced the participants of the main project “Deep Inside,” curated by Berlin-based independent curator Nadim Samman, who co-organised the fourth Marrakech Biennale in 2012. More recently, Samman was also a curator at the TBA-21 Academy, a branch of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary foundation in Vienna, and oversaw the Antarctic Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

Taking place in the Trekhgornaya Manufaktura, one of Moscow’s oldest textile mills, the main exhibition will feature 87 works by 93 artists, selected from over 2000 applications, under the curatorial focus of tackling recent issues in ecology and economics. The project will also tackle questions regarding the dangers presented by new technologies and social instability.

“Ours is the time of fissures, of prying apart, of penetration and cavities,” Samman said in a statement. “We are climbing, or falling, ever deeper into a kind of black hole. As we do, it is perhaps to be expected that artists should be fascinated by opacities, by occultations, encryptions and conspiracies—the other side of the event horizon. Also, that they should rhapsodize about instability and polydimensionality. Deep Inside is a view from the chasm,” he explained.

The Moscow Biennale for Young Art was first held in 2008, and grew from the combined efforts of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) to offer a platform for emerging artists. Now in its fifth iteration, the biennale—commissioned by Ekaterina Kibovskaya—continues its mission to draw attention to a new generation of artists representing recent developments in the global art community. 

Trehgornaya Manufactory, building #5 <br>Photo: Courtesy of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art press office

Trehgornaya Manufactory, building #5
Photo: Courtesy of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art

Coinciding with the main project, the fifth Moscow Biennale for Young Art also announced two additional curated exhibitions: “HYPERCONNECTED” is curated by João Laia, and will take place at Moscow Museum of Modern Art at Ermolayevsky Pereulok; and Time of Reasonable Doubts,” curated by Italian curators Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli, will be held at the National Centre for Contemporary Art. Both projects will run from June 30-August 14. 

The participating artists in the main exhibition “Deep Inside” include:

  1. Ozan Atalan, Turkey — USA
  2. Stacy Belevicheva, Ukraine
  3. Matilde Benmayor, Chile
  4. Julius von Bismarck, Germany
  5. Pamela Breda, Italy
  6. Vladislav Brut, Russia / Alisa Beketova, Kazakhstan — Russia
  7. Ekaterina Burlyga, Ukraine — Germany
  8. Olga Butenop, Russia
  9. Martin Callanan, Great Britain
  10. Noor Ali Chagani, Pakistan
  11. Julian Charrière, Switzerland — Germany
  12. Revital Cohen, Israel / Tuur van Balen, Belgium — Great Britain
  13. Juan Covelli, Colombia — Great Britain
  14. Chris Coy, USA
  15. María Dalberg, Iceland
  16. Jasmin Daryani, Iran — Sweden
  17. Petr Davydtchenko, Russia — Sweden — Great Britain
  18. Jonathan Doweck, Israel
  19. Liat Elbling, Israel
  20. Hüseyin Mert Erverdi, Turkey
  21. Karin Ferrari, Italy — Austria
  22. Christian Fogarolli, Italy
  23. Verena Friedrich, Germany
  24. Veronika Geiger, Denmark — Switzerland
  25. Adam Gibney, Ireland
  26. Iuliana Golub, Ukraine
  27. Florian Goldmann, Germany
  28. Katharina Gruzei, Austria
  29. Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Iceland
  30. Ali Jan Haider, Pakistan
  31. Elisabeth Haust, Russia — Czech Republic
  32. Joey Holder, Great Britain
  33. Marguerite Humeau, France — Great Britain
  34. Marc Johnson, France
  35. Graham Kelly, Great Britain — The Netherlands
  36. Daria Khlapova, Russia
  37. Felix Kiessling, Germany
  38. Paul Kneale, Canada
  39. Fabian Knecht, Germany
  40. Darya Koltsova, Ukraine
  41. Lilia Kosyreva, Russia
  42. Egor Kraft, Russia — Great Britain — Austria
  43. Ksenia Kuleva, Russia
  44. Joshua Leary (Evian Christ), Great Britain / David Rudnick, Great Britain — USA
  45. Juliana Cerqueira Leite, USA
  46. Ekaterina Lukoshkova, Russia
  47. Eli Maria Lundgaard, Norway
  48. Vlad Lunin, Ukraine — Canada
  49. Steve Maher, Ireland — Finland
  50. Nadja Verena Marcin, Germany — USA
  51. Maxime Marion, France / Émilie Brout, France
  52. Zoë Claire Miller, USA — Germany
  53. Alice Miceli, Brasil — The Netherlands
  54. Marina Moskalenko, Russia / Tatiana Smirnova, Russia
  55. Lee Nevo, Israel
  56. Alisa Nikolaeva, Russia — France
  57. Ismael Ogando, Dominican Rebulic
  58. Tim Parchikov, Russia
  59. Pau Pahana, USA — Germany
  60. Claire Paugam, France — Iceland
  61. Davide Quayola, Italy
  62. Marina Ragozina, Russia
  63. Martin Reiche, Germany
  64. Rune Rasmussen, Denmark
  65. Farid Rasulov, Azerbaijan
  66. Paul Rosero Contreras, Ecuador
  67. Vesna Rohaček, Croatia — Sweden
  68. Andrew Ranville, USA
  69. Jeremy Santiago-Horseman, USA
  70. Hadas Satt, Israel
  71. Dagmar Schürrer, Austria — Germany
  72. Julia Selin, Sweden
  73. Jura Shust, Belarus — Belgium
  74. Rustan Söderling, Sweden — The Netherlands
  75. Emmy Skensved, Canada — Germany / Grégoire Blunt, Canada — Germany
  76. Joe Sobel, USA — France
  77. Wilf Speller, Great Britain
  78. Yulia Spiridonova, Russia
  79. Arya Sukapura Putra, Indonesia
  80. Natalia Tikhonova, Russia
  81. Alvaro Urbano, Spain — Germany
  82. Ivar Veermäe, Estonia — Germany
  83. Martin Volman, Argentina — Germany
  84. Addie Wagenknecht, USA — Austria
  85. Beny Wagner, Germany — USA
  86. Andrew Norman Wilson, Germany — USA
  87. Helga Wretman, Sweden — Germany

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