Ilya Budraitskis

Ilya Budraitskis

Suomenlinna studios
Visual Arts / Curator | Russian Federation
Residencies: 20.03.2018 — 20.04.2018

Ilya Budraitskis is a historian and curator based in Moscow, Russia. He is on the editorial boards of several prints and online publications, including Moscow Art Magazine and LeftEast. For now, he is lecturing in the Moscow High School for Social and Economic Sciences and the Institute for Contemporary Art. With Ekaterina Degot and Marta Dziewanska, Budraitskis co-edited and authored the book Post-Post-Soviet?: Art, Politics, and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (University of Chicago Press, 2013). His book Dissidents among dissidents (FMP press, Moscow, 2017) was recently awarded the Andrei Bely Prize.

The notion of «anachronism» was very much discussed in critical theory. While the linear progressivist position always tries to mark the border between modernity and backwardness, its opponents stress the eternal incompleteness of the present, which always involve the elements of the past as its necessary component. We can discover this «past in the present» problem in the most of contemporary debates on the nature of populism, the growth of obscurantism, the revival of religious fundamentalism or reasons for economic stagnation. In this type of debates, the «past» mostly presented as an obstacle for the «normal» development, something, that should be overcome. But if we recognize the legitimate place of all the «remnants» of the past in the present, and accept the complicated and contradictory structure of the present, what can we learn from those «remnants»? And can we divide them into emancipatory and reactionary elements?— Ilya Budraitskis

During his residency, Ilya is going to make a research on this topic and present a lecture and a dialogue with artist Dmitry Venkov.